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May 31, 2012 6:18:19 PM

I am about to build a new computer, and I need hard drive (HDD) recommendations (not SSD drives). I need hard drives to place an OS as a second boot option. I already picked up an SSD for the main OS in a dual boot system. So what would it be a good HDD for this second OS? And for storing data from my main OS. I will probably need 2 HDDs; thus, I will need to find a good pair of HDDs and a good deal too. I am undecided about how much storage I need on each HDD. Could they be 500GB or 1TB? Please, help me and thanks for comments and advice.
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May 31, 2012 7:21:43 PM

I would go with 1Tb Black WD, the Raptors are nice but too expensive (a 600 raptor is twice the price of 1Tb Black).
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June 1, 2012 3:52:45 AM

I think the price/storage ratio favors the 1TB drives. I think WD 1TB Black is good primary drive because of the 64MB cache and 5yr warranty. Another consideration would be Spinpoint F3.
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June 1, 2012 12:12:16 PM

You can use the Caviar Blue series. I would recommend the Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 64MB Cache @ 7200RPM. Or if you are willing to pay more the same but Black. Both will serve you well for your needs.
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June 1, 2012 3:08:53 PM

Personally, I use a 2TB external WD green. Works great.
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June 1, 2012 3:34:21 PM

The green hard drives are meant to data storage, and therefore they use less power and work slower. They are not recommended for a PC
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June 1, 2012 3:38:49 PM

Go for WD Black like others are saying. Great drives, not super pricey like VRs but not total dogs either like greens.
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June 1, 2012 3:44:47 PM

So when we say "WD Cav Black", which one do we mean:


Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive -- $119

WD1002FAEX


Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive -- $149

WD1001FALS
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June 1, 2012 3:47:51 PM

How come the 64MB Cache is cheaper than the 32MB?
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June 1, 2012 4:14:22 PM

odedgal67 said:
How come the 64MB Cache is cheaper than the 32MB?


I don't know, except from the Newegg site: the more expensive 32MB disk has an arm that is double jointed, apparently.
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June 1, 2012 4:27:02 PM

What does it mean? Because it seems weird that a slower Hard Drive costs more than a faster one. What is that arm?
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June 1, 2012 4:34:46 PM

If dual booting with one OS on the HD, the Seagate Momentus (17 seconds) will give ya the same boot time as off ya SSD (16 seconds)

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 1, 2012 5:02:09 PM

Yeah those prices you grabbed seem screwy, I have no idea what's going on with that arm. Anyway, I have the 64MB Sata 3 one, and it's been a really great and solid performer. Although I got it for like $90 a little over 2 years ago. But we all know why that is, but nice to see them finally approaching those same levels. Although honestly don't worry about if it's sata 2 or 3, doesn't really matter on a hdd.
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June 11, 2012 12:10:40 AM

Best answer selected by orestesdd.
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