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    Help - can't decide on a 500GB hard drive?

    Guys, I need some help in deciding which hard drive to go for. The drive will mainly to used to store dvd archives and videos. I cannot decide where to make the compromise, noise or warranty??

    The drives in question are :

    500 Gb Samsung HD501LJ Spinpoint T, SATA300, 7200 rpm, 16MB Cache, 8.9 ms, NCQ

    500 Gb Western Digital WD5000AAKS Caviar SE16, SATA300, 7200 rpm, 16MB Cache, 8.9 ms

    500 Gb Seagate ST3500630AS Barracuda 7200.10, SATA300, 7200 rpm, 16MB Cache, 8.5 ms, NCQ

    The Samsung and Western Digital have three years warranty, whereas the seagate has 5 years.

    Silly question, is NCQ essential??

    Any help will be appreciated??

    thanks.

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    NCQ looks great on paper but makes very little difference.

    The seagate 7200.10's are a bit ropey, some have very noisey motors. Personally I'd buy the WD, because their service is second to none.

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    NCQ isn't very important in the majority of home computers. I don't think any of them are bad tbh, the samsung is pretty much silent, the WD is good as well. The main diffrence really is that seagate offer the 5 year warranty. I can't see you going wrong with any of them.

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    thanks chaps, I might take a chance and go for the Seagate, only because of the warranty.

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    I'm with you and going for a Seagate.


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    am very happy with my samsung 500Gb which is very quiet in my HTPC with AAM on.

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    I was in the same position recently and narrowed it down to the same drives. I was swaying towards the Segate due to it's speed, but after doing lots of research I couldn't bring myself to get one due to the possibly getting a noisy one the heat generated, and poor read performace when multi-tasking. Also, the five year warranty is not as great as it sounds as they often ship out refurbished drives as replacements instead of new ones.

    I was then swaying towards the Samsung due to the great reviews, quiet + cool operation.

    However, I finally decided on the WD5000AAKS due to it having great overall performance (better than the other two drives for all round performance) and being cool and quiet. When I got it I ran HDTach to get an idea of average read speed over the entire disk and was very satisfied when it came back at around 71MB/s

    I was also considering the WD5000YS but couldn't justify paying over £20 more.

    I am extremely happy I went for the WD5000AAKS, and will probably be buying another one in the near future, either for RAID or just as a two disk setup.

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    Im planning on getting this for my PS3.

    Seagate ST3500641AS 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache - OEM

    http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/97633/rb/27018417476

    £73.99 inc VAT or £63.99 with the £10 off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azza View Post
    Im planning on getting this for my PS3.

    Seagate ST3500641AS 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache - OEM

    http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/97633/rb/27018417476

    £73.99 inc VAT or £63.99 with the £10 off.
    Have just bught the same drive. I already have 80gb, 120gb, 500gb and 750gb Seagate drives, the 80 is about 5 years old and is still going strong so full marks to them....

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    WD all the way, I swear by them. very reliable and very quiet.

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    Chaps, I had a change of heart and ordered the Western Digital WD5000AAKS hard drive, should be arriving tomorrow.

    Thanks to everyone for the advice.

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    Well I will take over this thread.


    What is the difference between this hard drive, WD5000KS, and the WD5000AAKS version?

    http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/108235

    (for the PS3 maybe)

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingLouie3 View Post
    500 Gb Western Digital WD5000AAKS Caviar SE16, SATA300, 7200 rpm, 16MB Cache, 8.9 ms
    Well I've got 2 of these and 1 250 version of it and no problems

    if it helps I've had WD in my other system too and I've had nothing go wrong with them

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    SATA v SATAII

    Hi Guys, If I buy a SATAII HDD willl it work on my SATA MB (ABIT NF7s v2.0) I currently have a Seagate Barracuda ATA drive which is starting to give bother (got the blue screen of death last nite with 'ntfs.sys' exception (so I'm presuming its the HDD) when I was ripping a lot of CDs... If I need to change the HDd I'd like to move to SATA. Thanks in advance.

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    SATA is backwards compatible usually without any thing that needs doing, although you may need to use a jumper if it dont auto negotiate

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