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saturnotaku
02-24-09, 06:07 PM
Am looking to move my games over to a new HDD and keep my 1 TB Hitchi drive solely for backup. I don't have a ton of games, so a 300 GB Velociraptor would last quite a while. Is it worth the money over, say, a WD Caviar Black?

Sazar
02-24-09, 06:27 PM
It depends if marginal speed improvements are the big thing for you :)

I would personally say any decent hard drive with 32MB's of cache would be the way to go, but that's just me :D

jcrox
02-24-09, 06:44 PM
Been there, done that, NO. Absolutely Not.

saturnotaku
02-24-09, 08:14 PM
Good to know, you just saved me a bunch of money. A Caviar Black it is then.

ViN86
02-24-09, 08:27 PM
WD Caviar Black. Blue is just as fast for less money, too.

I have a blue. Benchies show a very small difference.

Oh, did I mention you get more than twice the space with the Caviar? :D

nekrosoft13
02-24-09, 08:44 PM
It depends if marginal speed improvements are the big thing for you :)

I would personally say any decent hard drive with 32MB's of cache would be the way to go, but that's just me :D
cache has almost no real impact on speed, between 16mb and 32mb cache the only difference is how much burst speed can be sustained.

Good to know, you just saved me a bunch of money. A Caviar Black it is then.

Sammy F1, Caviar Blue, Black, Hitachi new B series, Seagate 7200.12 all great drives.

CaptNKILL
02-24-09, 11:01 PM
My Seagate 7200.12 500Gb (single platter :D) has been good so far. Silent and quick, no problems.

Not bad for only $65. I can't imagine blowing $200 on a drive with a fraction of the capacity. Seems like a total waste.

Bman212121
02-24-09, 11:17 PM
My Seagate 7200.12 500Gb (single platter :D) has been good so far. Silent and quick, no problems.

Not bad for only $65. I can't imagine blowing $200 on a drive with a fraction of the capacity. Seems like a total waste.

I just want to know if they have their little bug sorted out now. I'll be in the market for some 2TB drives for a PVR setup if it works the way I want. :captnkill:

nekrosoft13
02-24-09, 11:18 PM
according to them it is sorted out.

Bman212121
02-24-09, 11:22 PM
according to them it is sorted out.

They pulled the firmware once, does that mean they have a new firmware out then?

nekrosoft13
02-24-09, 11:26 PM
They pulled the firmware once, does that mean they have a new firmware out then?

i believe so, i stopped checking since my 1.5tb seagate supposedly is not affected, had good firmware from start.

Bman212121
02-24-09, 11:28 PM
I haven't opened up the case to pull the exact serial #'s from my 1TB's, as that model is listed as affected. I'm afraid that when I shut down the pc to check they won't come back on. :lol:

nekrosoft13
02-24-09, 11:33 PM
is not the sn#, is the firmware version, but if you bought the drive back around nov-08 or before then it will be affected.
i would check on it soon, remmember when that issue strikes your hdd will simply stop working, no data recovery, will not be detected by bios.

methimpikehoses
02-24-09, 11:52 PM
Heck no.

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Sazar
02-25-09, 12:17 AM
cache has almost no real impact on speed, between 16mb and 32mb cache the only difference is how much burst speed can be sustained.

Sammy F1, Caviar Blue, Black, Hitachi new B series, Seagate 7200.12 all great drives.

I guess I am spoilt :)

All my drives are 32GB and both my systems are used to rip and encode high def content.

nekrosoft13
02-25-09, 12:46 AM
I guess I am spoilt :)

All my drives are 32GB and both my systems are used to rip and encode high def content.

you do understand what burst speed is? that is one thing that truelly get affected by cache size.

saturnotaku
02-25-09, 08:11 AM
My Seagate 7200.12 500Gb (single platter :D) has been good so far. Silent and quick, no problems.

Not bad for only $65. I can't imagine blowing $200 on a drive with a fraction of the capacity. Seems like a total waste.

I'm contemplating going with this drive. Apparently, the Seagate firmware problem only affects 7200.11 drives. Plus, the 500 GB version is down to $60 on the 'egg. For that price, I might have to get a pair and run them in RAID-0. 2x 74 GB Raptors for the OS, 2x 500 GB Seagates for games, and 1x 1 TB Hitachi for backup storage. Sounds good. :D

Logical
02-25-09, 08:45 AM
WD Caviar Black. Blue is just as fast for less money, too.

I have a blue. Benchies show a very small difference.

Oh, did I mention you get more than twice the space with the Caviar? :D

Also the raptor is so much noisier than the caviar black/blue...not sure if same applies to the velociraptor.

I have heard more silent 6GB quantum fireball HDD's than my Raptor. XD

Mullins1060
02-25-09, 10:54 AM
Also the raptor is so much noisier than the caviar black/blue...not sure if same applies to the velociraptor.

I have heard more silent 6GB quantum fireball HDD's than my Raptor. XD

Velociraptors are very quiet. In answer to the OP if you can justify the cost difference to yourself then yes they are worth it as system drives.

Dreamweavernoob
02-25-09, 01:36 PM
I am having a buddy mod a 1 T drive by taking off the top and mounting it to my case window which will become the top of the hdd making it clear.

hope he does it in a sterile environment :wtf:

saturnotaku
02-26-09, 10:39 AM
OK, that Seagate drive just went back up to $65. At the same time, Newegg was offering a promo code to make a 640 GB WD drive the same price, so I went with one of those. A single drive has more than enough space and should be plenty fast for what I need.