Upgrading Storage Drives, Please Weigh in on these Seagates choice


I am seeking advice on upgrading my storage drives. The criteria I inputted on Newegg led me to Seagate hard drives. I would like to know if 3TB is a good way to go over 2TB, and if running two of them in Raid 0 is a wise choice. If there are better internal hard drives with similar value out there, I do appreciate the input :)

Below are the criteria I entered, which pointed to Seagate drives:

Capacity: 3TB
Cache: 64MB
RPM: 7200 RPM
Interface: SATA 6.0GB/s

The three options were as below, though I am really not sure the difference between them, so am choosing based on price, to opt for 2 of the ST3000DM001 in raid 0.

Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $149.99
Seagate Barracuda STBD3000100 3TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Seagate SV35.5 ST3000VX000 3TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Hope 2 of these will be a good choice for my current setup, which should be outlined below.

Appreciate all input, comments and feedback! Thanks!


System Specs

System Specs Yes

Motherboard ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3

Processor Intel® Core™ i7-2700K / Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LG

Memory G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR Sniper SE 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 1.5V Memory Kit

Video Card(s) Two SLI - EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Fermi 772MHZ 3GB GDDR5 2xDVI Mini-HDMI PCI-E Video Card

Hard Drive(s) Drive #1 - KINGSTON HyperX SSD SH100S3120G (111 GB) Drive #2 - SAMSUNG HD320KJ (298 GB) Drive #3 - SAMSUNG HD320KJ (298 GB) Drive #4 - SeagateExternal (2794 GB)

Optical Drive(s) DVD/RE:\ HL-DT-ST DVD-RAM GH10L ATA Device

Case Silverstone RV03B-W Raven 3 Black ATX Gaming Case 7X5.25 4X3.5INT 2X2.5INT (please don't buy this)

Power Supply Corsair Professional Series™ Gold AX1200 — 80 PLUS® Gold Certified Fully-Modular Power S

Sound Card None

Monitor Three of Dell U2410 + XFX Fxtristand Triple LCD Display Monitor Stand - Supports 3 LCD Monitor 17-24

Operating System Windows 7 Professional, also have Laptop: MSI GT70, with 2 64GB SSD Raid 0, GTX 675M, Blueray Burner
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  2. Since you are looking at such large drives, have you considered a NAS setup? The WD Caviar Red have been getting really good reviews for NAS and that might be a good option for you.
  3. Bumping doesn't work here. Don't do it.

    Whether you need 3tb or 2 depends on how much you plan to store on the drives. What kind of things will you be doing with them? Photo editing? Gaming? Your setup will depend on what you plan to use it for.
  4. Well, I just placed the order for 2 'Seagate Barracuda 3TB 7200RPM SATA3 64MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive'
    $187.00 each (CDN), (free shippiing

    I do not know what NAS is or does, but am going to try an do a bit of research. Hard drive configurations have always been challenging for me to grasp.
  5. Sorry, NAS is network attached storage, its just a different way of managing your storage. Basically you buy a NAS "case" that will house the hard drives and hook it up to your network and you can access anything stored on the NAS from any computer attached to the network.
  6. You just asked for advice on what drives to get and then went and bought two drives before actually getting any advice or doing research. Am I going crazy?
  7. kajabla said:
    You just asked for advice on what drives to get and then went and bought two drives before actually getting any advice or doing research. Am I going crazy?

    I value your guys' feedback dearly, and admit I was a little impatient with this one, but I couldn't resist the temptation..

    I could still modify my order if was so compelled, but as I wouldn't personally be able to utilize the below described "NAS" functionality, I am hoping the ST3000DM001's are a comfortable choice with good value. Am I way off here? I almost want to change my order now, are there superior configurations out there? :(
  8. Best answer
    Those are perfectly decent drives, yes. If they're for normal PC use, though, you should replace one with an SSD for better boot performance. What do you use your computer for?
  9. I have a 120GB Kingston HyperX for boot and favourite programs. I use my computer mainly for downloading media, playing games etc.
  10. Best answer selected by rm - ottawa.
  11. There's no real need to get two, then.
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