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    Fast HD sub £50?

    I'm looking for a Hard drive for SATA 3 that has a good speed rating but below £50. I'm not bothered about size. Any suggestion?

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    Re: Fast HD sub £50?

    Thanks for the quick reply

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    Re: Fast HD sub £50?

    Although that's SATA "2" - 3Gbps, not SATA "3" (which is 6Gbps)... which did you mean?

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    Re: Fast HD sub £50?

    Not that SATA 6Gbps will make any difference, anyway.
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    Re: Fast HD sub £50?

    Quote Originally Posted by Terbinator View Post
    Not that SATA 6Gbps will make any difference, anyway.
    Precisely !

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    Re: Fast HD sub £50?

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/1TB-H...Cache-8-ms-NCQ

    1Tb Hitachi.

    £44 inc vat

    Partition it to 500gig and use the other half of te platters for speed... and get the other half for free though clearly slower.

    They're fast... proper fast. SATA 2 ..

    SATA 3 has no place in speed terms for something that turns on a spindle and has read heads... like all of this style drive do. SATA 1 is still struggling to be flooded tbh.

    Anyway.. preaching over, these Hitachi drives are very fast, quiet and I like them alot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Advice Trinity by Knoxville
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    Re: Fast HD sub £50?

    i assumed he meant SATA 3Gbps baring in mind the £50 budget. I was never a fan of the F1 but i have found the F3 to be much quieter. I currently have 2 of the above in RAID 0 and 1 of the 2tb green F3s in my HTPC.

    Never tried the Hitachi i have to admit, mainly due to the fact i dont really know anyone with experience to tell me otherwise (till now anyway) and you have to put a lot of trust in your hard drive.

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    Re: Fast HD sub £50?

    Sorry I got confused with myself (late night early start etc) The motherboard I'm getting has SATA 6Gb/s ports. are these just for SSD units?

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    Re: Fast HD sub £50?

    As Terbinator & Zak have said, with a mechanical drive you can't get enough throughput to saturate the 3Gbps of SATA 2, let alone the 6Gbps of SATA 3. Something that I should know, really Which motherboard is this being attached to? Some drives have issues with the AMD SB8x0 SATA 3 controller - there's a couple of threads on here about it I think...

    At the minute there's only a couple of SSD that use SATA 3 on the drive itself, and they're... well, a bit more than £50, shall we say

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    Re: Fast HD sub £50?

    Quote Originally Posted by wilsonian View Post
    Sorry I got confused with myself (late night early start etc) The motherboard I'm getting has SATA 6Gb/s ports. are these just for SSD units?
    They're backwardly compatible, so you can plug SATA 2/1 cables and drives into them no problem. At the moment hard drives barely reach SATA 1 speeds though, so there's no need to worry about getting a specifically SATA 6Gb/s connected hard drive.

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    Re: Fast HD sub £50?

    Which motherboard is this being attached to?
    The board is a Asus M4A89GTD Pro

    They're backwardly compatible, so you can plug SATA 2/1 cables and drives into them no problem
    Yeah I know they're backward compat but I should have really checked the full range of HD on scan before posting. Just seen they do normal SATA3 disc HD's too.


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    Re: Fast HD sub £50?

    The SB850 on that motherboard has issues with Sammy F3 drives (or vice versa, perhaps ) - don't know if it's all F3s or just certain models / capacities - which require a firmware update to operate properly. If you go for an F3 rather than the hitachi I'd get the etailer to confirm if it has the latest firmware...

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