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Seagate Momentus XT or Western Digital Caviar Black?

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October 10, 2011 7:52:09 AM

Which one should I buy Seagate Momentus XT or Western Digital Caviar Black?

I'm not sure which one is faster cause one of it uses an SATA III interface the other uses SATA II,
which drive is faster? Does the drive has any problems?
Btw, I'm using for a desktop NOT a notebook.
December 22, 2011 10:05:05 AM

Buy a two Momentus XT 500Gb drives and run them in RAID0
The other option is to buy an SSD such as the OCZ Synapse Cache and then buy the Caviar Black. The Synapse SSD works like Intel Smart Response on the z68 platform.
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December 22, 2011 10:11:42 PM

The Momentus will be faster because it is a HDD with a SSD cache built in. The problem is that neither of these drives will saturate the SATA III bus, but may saturate a SATA II.

Any SSD set up to cache a HDD will be slower than the SSD run on its own. A best performance scenario is to set up the SSD as the boot drive and place all apps that need quick loads on it and use a HDD for storage and apps that do not need quick loads.