what is the fastest 3.5 harddrive not ssd
thats under 100.00
Your question and price limit aren't compatible as most HDDs are over $100.
Perhaps the WD Blue. <---Click
yeah blue are pretty fast (own 2 1TB in Raid 1) a single of those drive pulls about 150-160mb/s in buffered reads in Aida64, so very fast for a HDD
Well i cant say that i have owned a Western Digital VR, but i have owned several SCSI drives that were 15,000Rpm drives, and they will make your ears bleed!
I know you said you did not want an ssd, im guessing because of the silly speed/price ratio. If so, have you considered a (2.5" plus a 3.5" adapter?) Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid SSD? it's essentially a large 8GB cache. they are decent drives, i love mine!
Blues drives are not bad but its at least something to consider.
OH god. I have an external multi-harddrive enclosure with older Raptors and even with sound-proofing, you'd think my computer was malfunctioning with all of them going.
hahah! yeah, its definitely something to consider when looking at high rpm drives! that and i had a small rackmount server that i just left in my cold basement that had lots of "Fanage" but the drives still would be too hot to touch! man i don't miss those drives, that much heat made them so unreliable! Getting off topic though, sorry! hahaha
Just look for 7200RPM drives with a 64Mb cache as the general rule for a "fast hard drive."
SAS 15000RPM drives will far surpass that speed level, but you are looking at heavy cost per Gb there.
The Seagate Momentus XT 500Gb Hybrid is at the $100 level now. 4Gb SSD embedded on a magnetic system, outperforms 7200RPM magnetic drives by a long shot, fully saturates SATA2. The 750Gb ($130) has 8Gb and supports SATA3, but won't saturate the port entirely.
WD RE4 1 TB Enterprise Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA II, 64 MB Cache - WD1003FBYX
WD Caviar Black
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