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Western Digital or Seagate Barracuda?

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February 28, 2013 5:09:07 PM

I'm looking to upgrade my primary HDD that I use to boot the os and all programs. I have two choices in mind. What are your preferences? Is there anything more better in performance wise that is around $100 budget. I'm not really interested in a SSD.

WDC Black 1TB:
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Internal-D...

Seagate Barracuda 1TB:
http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern...
March 1, 2013 12:00:21 AM

I have a WD black HHD that has been used for over one year. It still works well. So, WD can be your choice.
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March 1, 2013 12:38:04 AM

I personally would go with Western Digital Black. Not only does it have good performance, but I have heard that Seagate has had some driver issues in the past with their Barracuda drives. I do not know if that problem is fixed, but WD is my only trusted HDD manufacture.
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March 1, 2013 1:19:00 AM

In the interest of balanced reporting... My OS drive still sits on a Seagate 7200.10 250GB drive. I also have a 7200.10 750GB in my computer. Both still working fine. I have had two WD 320 AAKS drives "recently". The 250GB has been running since 2006 when I bought it. I don't know of any driver issues but the 7200.11 1.5TB+ drives did have a firmware issue that was fixed.

Basically they are all more or less the same. 64MB cache, 7200RPM, etc. You can look up performance specs if you want and buy the fastest. Or just buy the cheapest.
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March 1, 2013 3:44:32 AM

WD Black Caviar is for booting operating systems, Barracuda is the Green Caviar of Seagate and meant for storage.
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March 1, 2013 5:57:19 AM

Thanks guys for the feedback. I think I'll end up choosing the WD Black. It'll be replacing my main and only drive, a WD Caviar Green 32mb. I'm not expecting dramatic improvement, but I hope to see a difference in game loading/some seconds knocked off the boot time. I believe the WDC Black have pretty decent access times over the seagates too.

My hdd is the only thing lacking in my system right now, so I hope the black will never make me go back lol.

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March 1, 2013 6:20:51 AM

Both brands are very reputable when it comes to their drives, but its really a matter of preference hearing from other's opinions and what they have experienced using any of the two brands or both, so its really up to you but both are really good brands and cant go wrong with either 1...
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March 6, 2013 12:42:45 AM

Best answer selected by Steagan.
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