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Ghosthunter
12-26-08, 12:29 PM
I was curious is there any drive that WD has replaced the 640 GB in the 1 TB size?

I have the following model and wanted to add another hard drive to my machine

WD SE16 7200 RPM SATA 640 GB



Is this 1 TB model the equivalent in speed

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284


I know when I bought the 640 GB, at the time it was the fastest desktop hard drive If i recall

Thanks

Tr1cK
12-26-08, 12:46 PM
You are referring to the 320gb/platter version right?

I think WD might have one @ 1.5tb with those platters.

Toss3
12-26-08, 04:36 PM
Why not get two 30gb ssd drives instead and use your old 640 as storage? :)

DCult
12-30-08, 08:18 AM
Ofcourse there is. There is the 1GB black edition with 32MB cache model WD1001FALS with is faster than your old 640drive and there is also a newer version 640GB black series drive with 32MB cache, model WD6401AALS. I have three non-black 640GB drives, bought them just before the others came out. I also have a velociraptor 150GB that got in exchange for a failed old raptor, brand new in it's bag, but never had the courage and time to install it.

Tr1cK
12-30-08, 08:22 AM
Cache doesn't necessarily make a drive faster. I have a 320gb-8mb and 320gb-16mb and they trade blows while benching. You wouldn't know the difference without looking.

nekrosoft13
12-30-08, 08:22 AM
those 640GB black are just slightly faster, not that huge difference, still the same platter size.

and platter size (density) is the biggest factor when it comes to speed inprovements, cache only improves burst speed.

walterman
12-30-08, 09:24 AM
Media transfer speed = number of heads * track density.

Speed is great, but, consider the reliability (WD RE series) if you are going to store important data on it.

nekrosoft13
12-31-08, 01:45 PM
speaking of Density, there are rumors that Seagate soon will be out with 500GB per platter

CaptNKILL
01-01-09, 06:37 AM
speaking of Density, there are rumors that Seagate soon will be out with 500GB per platter

Damn.

I think I know what my next drive will be. :lol:

nekrosoft13
01-01-09, 06:20 PM
they could go up to 2.5TB with those platters.

5 platters in 3.5 inch HDD shouldn't be a problem Hitachi fit 5 before.

Bman212121
01-01-09, 07:21 PM
Damn.

I think I know what my next drive will be. :lol:

Yea, there is supposed to be a single platter 500GB coming out labeled 7200.12. Hopefully they can get the issues ironed out with the large end and have a good 2TB drive. :drooling:

Absolution
01-02-09, 03:13 PM
speaking of Density, there are rumors that Seagate soon will be out with 500GB per platter

link? Any info on release date?

nekrosoft13
01-02-09, 10:10 PM
link? Any info on release date?

http://www.cdrinfo.pl/news/13531

CaptNKILL
01-03-09, 01:14 AM
I have no need for THAT much space. I have around 800 gigs right now and I've got around 225 gigs free with a ton of games installed and lots of redundant files for backups.

If they put out a drive with 500Gb platters I'll probably grab a 1Tb drive and keep a 320Gb drive as a backup.

It may be sweet to have 5Tb of hard drive space but I have no desire to backup even half of that let alone worry about losing it. :p

BTW nekro, is there any estimated release date on that page you linked to? My Polish is a little rusty. :o

nekrosoft13
01-03-09, 02:18 AM
500GB single platter drive is out already

http://www.provantage.com/seagate-st3500410as~7SEGS1V4.htm

Bman212121
01-03-09, 02:22 AM
I have no need for THAT much space. I have around 800 gigs right now and I've got around 225 gigs free with a ton of games installed and lots of redundant files for backups.

If they put out a drive with 500Gb platters I'll probably grab a 1Tb drive and keep a 320Gb drive as a backup.

It may be sweet to have 5Tb of hard drive space but I have no desire to backup even half of that let alone worry about losing it. :p

BTW nekro, is there any estimated release date on that page you linked to? My Polish is a little rusty. :o

YOU NEED MOAR PR0N!!

500GB single platter drive is out already

http://www.provantage.com/seagate-st3500410as~7SEGS1V4.htm

Is that the model number? I'm not seeing anything talking about 1 platter or that it's a 7200.12 drive.

nekrosoft13
01-03-09, 03:17 AM
Is that the model number? I'm not seeing anything talking about 1 platter or that it's a 7200.12 drive.

according to this

http://www.cdrinfo.pl/news/13531 yes that is the model number ST3500410AS

available at newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148377

CaptNKILL
01-03-09, 07:26 AM
Here is a preview of the new Seagate drive:

http://skyline798.blog118.fc2.com/blog-entry-1266.html

EDIT: Seems pretty impressive.

Here are some HDTach scores from other drives:
http://techreport.com/articles.x/14380/13

The fastest drives are in the upper 90s, where as the new Seagate drive scored 105 (http://blog-imgs-41.fc2.com/s/k/y/skyline798/20081231_hd_tach_long.gif).

nekrosoft13
01-04-09, 03:15 PM
http://img141.imageshack.us/img141/5170/3398fora10mbharddrivezv6.jpg

Koko56
01-05-09, 04:51 PM
Oh how has storage increased hay?

But yeah, as "CaptNKILL" said... having too mcuh data can be problematic at times. :o

Starscream
01-05-09, 05:24 PM
Ofcourse there is. There is the 1GB black edition with 32MB cache model WD1001FALS with is faster than your old 640drive and there is also a newer version 640GB black series drive with 32MB cache, model WD6401AALS. I have three non-black 640GB drives, bought them just before the others came out. I also have a velociraptor 150GB that got in exchange for a failed old raptor, brand new in it's bag, but never had the courage and time to install it.

pfffft one gig.

I've been running a FOUR gig Quantum Bigfoot for years. Now that's a lot of space.