Pl. Suggest new HDD

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January 2, 2009 at 12:53:42
Specs: XP Pro, Athlon XP 2400+ OC
I am in the market for a new SATA HDD for my home PC. My priorities in order are -

Price (~$60 range)

Storage space is NOT a priority for me, almost anything will work for me. I can't see myself needing a 500GB drive. But performance and reliability is top priority.
I can't stand a slow drive, nor one that is blazing fast and could fall apart in two months.

I personally have narrowed it down to -
Seagate 7200.10 250GB
Hitachi P7K500 0A35415
Hitachi T7K250 0A31611

But this is based on very limited info that I have. I have no idea about their reliabilities. So I just wanted to see if you guys have any suggestions ?

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January 2, 2009 at 13:46:14
If your motherboard SATA controllers only support SATA I you need to verify any drive you buy is backward compatible. All are not.

IMO Hitachi drives are not in the same class as Seagate & Western digital.

As far as drive size goes you may not be aware of why hard drives are as large as they are. Below is a link to I have filtered down to certain brands and sizes. Use the power search and you can filter to your hearts content.

Verify about the SATA II stuff if that is a concern.

It is all about arial density. That is the measure of how much data can be written to a given space.

This impacts the speed of a drive because higher densities mean more data can travel under a head in a given time frame.

So, in many cases the larger drives are also faster. Then the larger drives are coming with a bigger cache. Some up to 32MB.

I have been using WDigital lately and have had good luck with them.

One other item to note. NCQ and the Western Digital equivalent speed up the drive by putting the seeks in order so the head doesn't move as much. That cost a slight premium but it does work if your board can support it.

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January 2, 2009 at 14:40:38
Thanks for your reply.
By SATA I/II do you mean the SATA 150(1.5Gb/s) and 300 (3Gb/s) ? If so I know that my motherboard supports only SATA 150.
But I thought all SATA 300 drives were shipped in 150 mode. Ofcourse it would be better to check before ordering. But is this what you were asking ?

(the link you posted isn't pointing to newegg, keeps coming back to this page).

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January 2, 2009 at 15:01:55
Sorry about the link, don't know how that happened. Yes I was referring to SATA I&II. Many SATA II drives are backward compatible. Some have a jumper on the back to limit speeds to SATA I. However, some will NOT work on a SATA I controller at all. You need to verify by reading the specs. Below is the link again. I also included Samsung drives. My preference is still WD.

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January 2, 2009 at 15:24:00
Look at the links below to learn about NCQ. Some Seagate and Western Digital drives support this technology. Your hard drive controllers must also support NCQ in order to benefit from the technology.

If you install a supporting drive on a not supporting motherboard the drive will operate normally but without the NCQ benefits.

You might be interested in the faster 10,000 RPM drives by Seagate & WD. They do come with a large premium price.

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