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What the safest 1TB for under $100?

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January 23, 2013 10:20:07 PM

I know hard drive don't last forever, but I am trying to make the best purchase for me and a friend especially in terms of reliability (speed not a major concern as I suspect the real world differences are negligible) the market just seems to be in a confusing place as companies purchase companies, prices drop and technology changes as usually! I want to purchase two 1TB hard drives with the next ten days.

I have narrowed my personal search to two drive based on consumer reviews, company status and hardware return rates
http://www.behardware.com/articles/881-6/components-ret...

1) http://www.amazon.com/WD-Blue-Desktop-Hard-Drive/dp/B00...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2) http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I would be making this purchase via Amazon because it is much easier to do so from Trinidad!

The fact that these drive have single 1 TB platters or disks was used a determining factor as I suspect the less moving parts would make these drive slightly more reliable.

My system is as follows: Intel Q9650 3.0GHZ
Gigabyte EP45-UD3P
EVGA GTX 460 1GB 256bit
Kingston 4GB 800mhz ddr2 RAM
Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1 TB + 500GB HITACHI HDDs
Seasonic x750 Gold PSU
Coolermaster CM 590 Centurion case

My friend : Intel 3570k
Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H
Sapphire 7950 3gb 100352-2L
Corsair 8GB 1600mhz ddr3 RAM
Samsung 2tb hard drive died on him (served well considering it lasted 2 months after all his previous components died mysteriously)
Seasonic x620 Modular Bronze PSU
Thermaltake v3 case




Any suggestions, comment or advice would be greatly appreciated even the naming of alternative 1TB drive as I am a bit taken a back by the current hard drive market!

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January 23, 2013 10:44:21 PM

First newegg doesn't ship internationally, so without first hand experience I would guess amazon would be your best bet. Second, where did you read these drive use a single platter? It would be very unusual for a 3.5" drive to use a single platter. In the end it's not a huge factor though. Last, you might consier the WD Black with it 5 years warranty, Blues are 2-3. A Black 1TB is still under $100.

One last thought. I'm not sure if actually warranty service is important to you, but there may be country specific issues that I am not aware of, as well as oem vs retail.
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January 23, 2013 11:02:40 PM

Who handles International returns the best!
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January 23, 2013 11:06:28 PM

abbadon_34 said:
First newegg doesn't ship internationally, so without first hand experience I would guess amazon would be your best bet. Second, where did you read these drive use a single platter? It would be very unusual for a 3.5" drive to use a single platter. In the end it's not a huge factor though. Last, you might consier the WD Black with it 5 years warranty, Blues are 2-3. A Black 1TB is still under $100.

One last thought. I'm not sure if actually warranty service is important to you, but there may be country specific issues that I am not aware of, as well as oem vs retail.



http://www.seagate.com/files/stati [...] 686584.pdf (pg 11 shows it has one disk with two heads)

http://forums.ncix.com/forums/?mod [...] t_id=74462

I usually want no part of WD blue drives but this one was looking ok! Thanks so far I will consider the black drives once more and do some additional reading!
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