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#1 JHMcG

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Posted 03 August 2013 - 08:24 PM

I am in the process of building a new machine using somewhat dated hardware. It will have an Intel 3.2 GHz Quadcore processor, 4 Gig of G-Skill DDR3 RAM, a Power Color HD 5770 Radeon Video Card, two internal HDDs, and one HDD in a "Hot Swap Tray" with two additional identical HDDs in "Hot Swap Trays". What I am wondering is what would be the best type of HDDs to buy, in the 250 GB to 320 GB range ?


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#2 slgrieb

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Posted 03 August 2013 - 08:30 PM

Mostly, I've bought WD drives over the last several years. Caviar Blue drives would be a good choice. 


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#3 JHMcG

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Posted 03 August 2013 - 08:59 PM

Believe it or not, I already bought ten NEW 320 GB WD Caviar Blues and tested 8 of them with TESTHDD. Are you ready ? 7 of the 8 had severe sector damage scattered all over them, and read speeds as low as 75,000 at start as compared to the one good one with a read speed of 145,000 at start. I agree that WD is a good choice, but NOT caviar Blues.


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Posted 03 August 2013 - 10:20 PM

I have no problems with Caviar Blues.  They are my go to drive for non performance systems.  Dozen+ sold, 2.5 and 3.5, and no returns yet (knock on wood).

 

I remember many years ago, when I first started in the computer trade, I bought a brown box OEM 10 pack of WD 2.1gig.  First clue, 2 would not format  Over the next month or so 5 of the remaining 8 died, and I had a few pissed of people to deal with.  I swore off WD for years after that, but time heals all wounds.  I eventually weakened and got a pair of WD JB drives and was impressed.  Those were my go to drives for a long time.


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Posted 10 August 2013 - 07:28 PM

Personally I use only Western Digital Enterprise Drives and change them every four years. Never had a bad one nor one fail.






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