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Which of these four drives should I use?

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December 11, 2011 2:34:48 PM

So I just finished building my new computer last night and everything works great, but I now have a choice to make. I'm running my OS off of an SSD, but I need another drive to be my main drive for the rest of my games/applications that don't fit on the SSD.

I have a few drives laying around, and I'm having trouble choosing which one I should use... I've heard mixed reports thus far. Storage capacity isn't especially important as I already have another external drive for storage, so the main factors would be how well it'd do for gaming, and reliability.

Here are my options (newegg links for convenience, I already own them all):
Hitachi Deskstar 7K2000 - 2TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 - 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
Western Digital Caviar Green - 2TB 5400(ish) RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 - 2TB 5400(ish) RPM 32MB SATA 3.0Gb/s

The EcoGreen is brand new, WD Green is newish (got it on craigslist), the Spinpoint is 3 years old and was serving as a backup drive, and the Deskstar is a few months old and only used for storage.
If none of these are very good options I can get another one once prices go down in a few months (hopefully), but for now I have to pick one.

Thanks in advance for any help!

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December 11, 2011 4:05:21 PM

I would go with one of the 7200rpm drives up to you which one 1TB or 2TB. Then again I have a question! Why are you not selling drives that you have no use for since you would get top dollar for them at the moment?

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a c 105 G Storage
December 11, 2011 4:56:54 PM
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Green = slow so it wouldn't be those. The other two are about equal in the gaming score. See what works best in the apps you use.

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-har...[4878]=on&prod[3018]=on
December 17, 2011 11:03:22 PM

Best answer selected by Zaran.
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