Best Hard Drive to buy now...

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George1
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What would be the best HDD for me to buy at the moment?

I'm looking for around 1tb (either one drive or a raid configuration).

I was looking at SSDs but they seem too expensive.

It will be used for everything (OS, Files, Programmes etc.) but also for Steam games.

Also the faster speeds the better, preferably SATA 6Gb/s.

I was originally thinking 2x WD VelociRaptor 600 GB SATA Hard Drives in RAID 0 ??

Any suggestions welcome, thanks :)

chrisrice93
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I've always been true to the WD black drives. They are reliable for a hard drive and are much better at handling programs and operating systems than the green or blue drive. I would not recommend putting 2 hard drives in a RAID 0 configuration simply because if one drive fails then you lose everything. If you want to go for speed then maybe go for a 120GB ssd which is enough to hold windows, your programs, and some of your favorite games. If you do this you would also want a hdd like a wd green for all of your mass storage. If you are just getting a hard drive then don't look for the SATA 6Gb/s gimmick. Sata 3Gb/s bandwith is still more than I've seen a single hard drive put out. Just because it says its a 6Gb/s hard drive doesn't mean that it can populate that bandwith. 6Gb/s was made for ssds because they can actually break the 3Gb/s barrier. Hope this helps you reach a decision :)

George1
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Hey Chris, thanks for replying so quickly.

Thanks for the advice, can you recommend any SSD make/model in particular?

chrisrice93
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I hate to recommend any in particular because I've only used one model but I have 2 of these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233153&Tpk=p3-64 in RAID 0 and they have been performing excellently. I have windows, around 10 games, and various programs on there and still have 30 GB of space left. Usual loading times for games is around 5-15 seconds, almost all programs come up instantly, and Windows boots in around 15-20 seconds and it's usable from there. After having them for 5 months I have, from time to time, gone back to my previous system with hard drives which I thought were fast at the time and I cannot believe how much time everything takes to load! I know for a fact that newer ssds have a different controllers than mine so definitely do some research to make sure you are getting the best one for your dollar.

George1
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Ok, thanks for the advice.

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Have you considered SSD hybrid drives? They typically are a normal magnetic type with cache, but also have a large SSD storage segment as well that operates internally like a RAID device (write to the SSD, then the magnetic is updated behind the scenes). They massively outperform normal hard disks, and are far less expensive than SSD devices.

There are even devices like this one from SilverStone (below) that couple a small SSD with normal disks to give you that feature. Worth looking at.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=18380&srkey=hddboost

Nick McDermott - 3dGM Admin

George1
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I've not seen them before so thank's for showing me them.

I think I'm going down the route of 1 SSD (possibly http://www.scan.co.uk/products/ocz-vertex-3-120gb-ssd-sata-iii-solid-state-hard-drive-sandforce) for OS and other things that need that little bit more protection

as well as 1 normal large HDD (maybe a 1TB WD green or something).