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    Help. Need a new Hard Drive

    Looking for a new Hard drive. Not looking for a big capacity one as i use an External HD for all my backups etc. What i am after though is a fast Hard Drive that i will notice when Vista is booting up etc.

    I currently have a WD 160g sata HD.

    Any ideas? It will also be storing some programs and the odd game. Speed is what i need!! Thanks

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    Re: Help. Need a new Hard Drive

    Same thread that I started lol! I asked what was the largest density hard drive on the market today and this is what staffsMike had to say:

    "when they are in stock these are single platters
    http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/s...html?SAM-F1320

    I've not seen any WD single platters yet.

    Either that or get the 640GB's. That way you will know for sure"

    That drive is the Samsung Spinpoint F1 320Gb and it consists of one 320Gb platter with 16Mb cache which should be ferociously quick. The new 640Gb Western Digital Caviar AAKS was the other drive staffsMike was refering to. It uses 2 320Gb platters giving it double the storage and a 16Mb cache. Hope that helps;
    Last edited by Zhaoman; 18-07-2008 at 11:06 PM.

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    Re: Help. Need a new Hard Drive

    or you could get this: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/142569

    which is also single platter

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    Re: Help. Need a new Hard Drive

    To speed up booting, you could keep your current HDD and get another one (of the same size) and put them in RAID 0 (if your mobo supports it).
    I recently put a pair in my new build....the start up speed is noticeably faster on Windows Vista x64...my friend tells me faster than a Raptor (the ones that run at 10000RPM )

    Info on RAID 0 can be found on Wikipedia, search RAID then go to levels, then RAID 0

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    Re: Help. Need a new Hard Drive

    Quote Originally Posted by looney View Post
    or you could get this: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/142569

    which is also single platter
    Is that one definitely a single platter one?

    Are Scan going to get any in stock? Guys?

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    Re: Help. Need a new Hard Drive

    yep it is i have it myself and its very good,

    check this out:

    Delivers 320-GB capacity on a single platter
    http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.js...&reqPage=Model

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    Re: Help. Need a new Hard Drive

    Is it fast at booting up pc etc?

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    Re: Help. Need a new Hard Drive

    Yes it is

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    Re: Help. Need a new Hard Drive

    I changed from 2 250gb seagate 7200.10 in raid 0 to 2 750gb samsung F1's also in raid 0 and its shaved about 15-20 secs off my boot times. It was the main reason i upgraded my drives, that and to reduce game load times etc.

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    Re: Help. Need a new Hard Drive

    But i don't want to raid. I just want a fast boot drive.

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    Re: Help. Need a new Hard Drive

    I was just using my experience as an example, I replaced a seagate array for an F1 array and my boot times decreased, so therefore you should experience a similar decrease in boot time going from a single WD 160gb to a single F1.

    I used my set up as an example of the performance increase i gained from using the F1's. I went from a raid 0 array to a raid 0 array so i feel it still showed how much quicker the drives are and would be even for a single drive setup.

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    Re: Help. Need a new Hard Drive

    You can't get the 320g F1's? Are they available? Is the Seagate as fast?
    Last edited by Koolpc; 19-07-2008 at 10:31 PM.

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    Re: Help. Need a new Hard Drive

    Just trying to help

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    Re: Help. Need a new Hard Drive

    Quote Originally Posted by C-Bag7 View Post
    Just trying to help
    Very much appreciated mate. Cheers


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    Re: Help. Need a new Hard Drive

    lol, any 320Gb single platter drive would be just as fast, the data is packed so tight that a huge amount of data can be accessed from each spin, so a high density 7200rpm would be much faster than a low density 10,000 rpm. As long as its got a 320Gb platter, any manufacturer should do fine.

    The 750Gb F1 uses 250Gb platters which used to be much denser than the Raptors (hence why it managed to outperform the most expensive disk at the time). Now though new 320Gb platters have been released which should see another huge boost in speed. These are the drives to get.

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    Re: Help. Need a new Hard Drive

    So the Seagate is a good one to go for then? This one:

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 320GB SATA-II 16MB Cache ST3320613AS

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