Solved What hard drive to choose

July 26, 2018 at 10:59:19
Specs: Windows 7, soon 10 , i3/8gb
Hi everyone
I’m in the process of choosing parts for a new computer. I wanted to ask all of you from your Experiences, what is the best hdd to get? It’s for a home desktop with heavy usage and lots of video editing. Thing is I’ve been using a Western Digital wd2003fyps 2tb for years now. It’s a good hard drive but it’s enterprise and I didn’t know what that was for at the time and now I just want to buy the most reliable consumer hdd. The other thing is my current WD makes so much noise! As many have also commented on with these and with a lot of other WDs. I want something quiet. However reliability is most important. I think I’m only going to use this one hard drive and not bother with an additional SSD at the moment. I do back up everything on many externals too so it’s all good. I would really appreciate someone’s knowledge on this because I’m a bit lost with deciding a new one.
Thanks guys and take care

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#1
July 26, 2018 at 11:10:33
this will explain everything about western digitals corour codes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAx...

ofc i recommend getting a SSD as boot drive and HDD for mass storage

you could also just get one big ass SSD from lets say samsung

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#2
July 26, 2018 at 19:42:18
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I have used WD Black series exclusively for quite a few years not, they are fast and reliable. I have used SSD drives for booting for just a couple of years, first a SATA type and now PCIe 4x type for even better speed and to get away from certain glitching on the controller (PCIe drives need faster controllers so they had to start from scratch when designing) though I am sure there are significant improvements in the SATA versions by now as well. I find SSD drives boot faster and programs load faster and overall make the computer feel snappier. Really large SSD drives are still much too expensive but the price of the 240/250GB drives have come down quite a bit and even the 500GB models are reachable. My OS and programs take up about half of the 250GB drive, leaving plenty of free space. My 1TB WD Black drive fills my needs for storage and larger ones are still reasonable if needed.
I would recommend staying away from Seagate drives. All of the factory built machines that have had failed drives in the family and at work have had Seagate drives. I have never had a WD fail on me.

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#3
July 26, 2018 at 20:03:46
Thanks for the video hidde663

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#4
July 26, 2018 at 20:06:50
Thanks Fingers!

I thought about getting a WD Black but was just concerned about noise. I saw a video on YouTube and heard it running which sounded close to my current one. Has your WD Black been decent with sound? I agree with you about Seagate. I never trusted them and am glad I haven’t since you told me that. The SSD does look like a good idea based on more research I’ve done. I might go for the same set up as you


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#5
July 27, 2018 at 10:16:25
Reliability and silence? No question - get an SSD.

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#6
July 27, 2018 at 12:18:35
I don't notice the noise, possibly because the tower rests on the floor in a corner in an area at the end of the desk that has wood on the sides (enough room for UPS, Tower, air space, and no back - plenty of space for proper air flow). SSD drives are completely silent but getting one with lots of storage space is expensive. If 500GB is enough then it might be within budget but if you need 1TB or more than it climbs astronomically.With an SSD drive you may consider a WD Green drive for storage since they spin down to save energy when not being accessed but they are considerable slower I assume though quieter. I find that case fans are the most sound I used to hear so I purchase dual ball bearing fans with high CFM's and low Db and let the motherboard control the fan speed as needed. With the high efficient air flow of these fans, they typically run at less than 30% speed so they are nearly silent unless needed (two 140mm exhaust (top & back), one 120mm front intake so its always cool). The CPU is cooled by Noctua aftermarket heat sink with a quiet 120mm fan so it does not add to the noise level either.

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#7
July 27, 2018 at 12:27:57
Thanks for the details Fingers

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