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  1. #11


    What about the barracuda 7200.14?, they seem pretty cheap at the moment. What is the performance and noise levels like?

    Do they have a 3 year warranty?

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  2. #12


    It looks like Seagate warranty on 7200.14 is 2 years. I've heard nothing good or bad about the .14 series.

    I run SSD for my OS and apps. As far as storage goes, I find almost anything is fine. I've had good luck with Seagate, WD and Samsung.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 419
    Windows 8.1 x64


    I personally think that SSD still aren't quite there yet. Why would I pay for an SSD when pretty much everything already loads instantly on a HDD? Sure it'd shave off a few seconds loading game stuff like textures in WoW, but why would I pay all that extra money for a few seconds less of load time when it really doesn't bother me anyway?
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  4. #14


    Quote Originally Posted by LovingWindows View Post
    I personally think that SSD still aren't quite there yet. Why would I pay for an SSD when pretty much everything already loads instantly on a HDD? Sure it'd shave off a few seconds loading game stuff like textures in WoW, but why would I pay all that extra money for a few seconds less of load time when it really doesn't bother me anyway?
    If you are happy with what you have, you wouldn't make a change. Nothing wrong with that.

    I was skeptical of SSD's until i bought one. The increased boot times and shut down are great. No noise is awesome. Virus scans and malware scans are lots faster. Searching for non-indexed files is massively faster due to low random access read times. My games load in a fraction of the time they used to take. I'm talking 3-5 seconds, instead of 25.

    You very rarely ever see a person who upgraded to an SSD later say they regretted the choice.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 419
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
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    The say that SSD prices are close to the price of HDD in terms of $/GB is the day I'd probably get an SSD. Until then I'll enjoy my 750GB storage.
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  6. #16


    Quote Originally Posted by LovingWindows View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
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    The say that SSD prices are close to the price of HDD in terms of $/GB is the day I'd probably get an SSD. Until then I'll enjoy my 750GB storage.
    No problems. I have an SSD for my apps and games. And a 1TB mechanical drive for storage/scratch space. Most of my actual storage is on my file server anyway. Don't keep anything important on the actual desktop itself.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 85
    Windows 10 64-bit/ Windows 8.1 64-bit


    The fast loading times can also be on a processor, I've had games load in 10 seconds and faster with a 7200 rpm drive, with my processor, Quad core, 3.0 GHZ turboboost to 3.2 GHZ, and some area transitions are seconds or instantly, loading times are really quick for me, if not almost instant.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I have many many years of buying hard drives, and it always goes in cycles. Sometimes WD is better, sometimes Seagate is better. I have also used Samsung drives to good effect and of course Toshiba (particularly for laptops). A lot of times specific models have more problems than other models. So you might have great experience with certain Seagate brands but other people will have bad experiences with others.

    I've had my share of problems with Seagate over the years.

    I no longer have any drive brand loyalty, I just buy whatever is the best deal. I've not noticed any problems that are brand specific in recent years.

    In the old days, we had issues such as "sticktion" and of course the IBM DeskStar (aka DeathStar) drives had lots of problems. But these days, I think you're just unlucky if you have several problems in a row. All major brands have about the same 10% failure rate.
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  9. #19


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Honestly, I have no idea what brand is better than the other as these days, it doesn't even seem be of a difference anymore

    Generally though, if you're looking for real good transfer speeds on a hard drive, look for a higher capacity model. Lots of the 3 terabyte drives have transfer speeds around 130-150MBs/sec I believe. Or a drive that has a good amount of data density, meaning if the drive capacity is 2 gigs and only has one platter, that's a pretty good density of data, which results in faster read speeds.

    I'd say for reliability, performance, and/or low noise, I would probably consider a Western Digital Red drive. It seems these days, there might be things with hard drives and their usage that differ than before. For example, I had a Seagate Barracuda drive that I bought two or so years that died on me a month ago where I used it literally 24/7 for probably 26 months total with a month total of downtime here and there. Desktop hard drives, like that hard drive, are more built for a use in a 40 hour work week for that scenario. In my case, I used that drive so much it pretty much aged about 4 years in a desktop usage scenario. I'm figuring that is the best explanation here as the drive is literally dead, it's not file system corruption, it is more like it can't spin for more than 12 seconds before turning off. It wasn't under duress or heat or dust or electrical issues, it was just fine and cool. Maybe it could be because the some newer technologies and/or larger capacities could problems in the long run. I've been reading that lower capacity hard drives seem to last longer than their larger capacity counterparts because of less strain on the spindle due to less hard drive platters.

    I'm personally looking at the Red drives as they're approved and tested for RAID/NAS scenarios where they are used 24/7. Or something of enterprise quality.

    Looking back in my time with hard drives the past decade, there seems to be issues with newer drives after around 2007 or 2008 where they seem to have started to die more than usual. I had a 120 gig Seagate drive back in the year 2002 that lasted me a good nine years before FINALLY starting to screw up, and that drive was used pretty hard too. I also had a Western Digital Raptor drive that lasted eight or so years before passing away and used as much as the Seagate drive. Wow, that was loud hard drive....
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