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CaptNKILL
05-05-05, 07:48 PM
Im getting ready for the big upgrade, and Im thinking of getting a SATA hard drive to replace my 60gig Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 (2mb cache version).

Whats a good, reliable, fast hard drive? I want at least 100gig capacity, and Id like something that ranks among the fastest, but reliability is the most important thing to me. Also, I dont want to spend too much more than $100.

I was looking at the Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 120 or 160gig. How are those?

I'll be getting an Epox Nforce 3 Ultra board and a Venice 3000+ for the rest of my system.

GlowStick
05-05-05, 07:55 PM
Honestly, 100$ is not enough you will get raped on $$ per megabyte.

Get 250gig min, like a WD 250gig

CaptNKILL
05-05-05, 08:05 PM
Honestly, 100$ is not enough you will get raped on $$ per megabyte.

Get 250gig min, like a WD 250gig
Eh, I really doubt I'll use that much though. Seriously. I have 17 gigs free right now, and I have plenty of stuff I dont need. Thats with a 60gig. I just want a faster drive with a little more space. I really wouldnt even need more than an 80gig, but it seems like the faster drives come at 120 minimum, so I might as well just go with that.

If im only going to use maybe 70 gigs (if i start going download crazy), it wont matter much if i get a 250gig or a 120gig. Im not made of money anyway :p

CaptNKILL
05-05-05, 08:23 PM
Hows this?
http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148034

160Gb, and according to storage reviews the 7200.7 series is one of the most reliable hard drives ever. Its among the fastest too. All for $103 with free shipping :)

Anyone have any experience with these drives?

Strahd
05-06-05, 03:18 PM
Hows this?
http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148034

160Gb, and according to storage reviews the 7200.7 series is one of the most reliable hard drives ever. Its among the fastest too. All for $103 with free shipping :)

Anyone have any experience with these drives?

I would highly recommend that drive and any drive from Seagate for that matter. Good choice!

Elderblaze
05-07-05, 12:42 AM
If space is not a concern and you want reliability and a good warrenty the choice is obvious, splurge a little and get a Raptor 74GB drive. 5 Year warrenty included.

Rakeesh
05-07-05, 01:54 AM
I don't know about you guys, but I frequently find hard disks 160-200g for under $60. About a year ago I managed to score a 160 gigger for $26 by pulling a few tricks. If you shop around, hard disks are extremely inexpensive, and you can get some good quality ones as well.

Hows this?
http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148034

160Gb, and according to storage reviews the 7200.7 series is one of the most reliable hard drives ever. Its among the fastest too. All for $103 with free shipping :)

Anyone have any experience with these drives?

Excellent drive, in fact I found one at outpost.com for $55 about a month ago (not sure if that deal is still active, but I have seen that particular price surface more than once.) These ones are quiet too at under 25db peak noise level.

Subtestube
05-07-05, 02:19 AM
I'd definitely say go for the 7200.7 - Seagate drives have always served me well, and they come with a hell of a warranty.

Jacobjac123
05-07-05, 06:12 AM
I have no spending limit.
What is your opinion... The best drive.. Should I go for 2 10,000rpm raptors or 2 of these seagate's?

zoomy942
05-07-05, 09:18 AM
gotta go with raptor :)

http://www.nvnews.net/reviews/western_digital_raptor/index.shtml

CaptNKILL
05-07-05, 10:55 AM
Damn... I just bought that 160gig 7200.7 (along with a new case and mobo :D) and it cost me $102... I cant find any of the $60 deals, but Im looking. I'll cancel the order if i can save that much money :p

shaker718
05-07-05, 11:05 AM
what sellers do you use to get prices like that? I usually default to Newegg or Monarch computers since I trust them, never heard of outpost... finding a hard drive that large for 60 bucks would be great, since Im dying for a couple of new ones.

Rakeesh
05-07-05, 11:34 AM
Damn... I just bought that 160gig 7200.7 (along with a new case and mobo :D) and it cost me $102... I cant find any of the $60 deals, but Im looking. I'll cancel the order if i can save that much money :p

I just looked it up on google, seems that a month ago they actually had it for $70 on outpost.com.

http://www.bensbargains.net/ktalk/1112832928,76368,.shtml

I actually bought mine at fry's electronics (they are the same store as outpost) but I just remembered that their hard drives are typically $10 cheaper in the store when they are on specials like this, so thats probably why I paid $55 ($95 minus $40 rebate.)

The PATA version of this hard drive is currently on sale on the other hand: http://shop2.outpost.com/product/4008242

EDIT: Noticed a post in that thread I linked above where somebody suggests that the 7200.8 drives are comparable to the raptor in terms of speed, looks like they are right:

http://www.tweaktown.com/document.php?dType=review&dId=755

jAkUp
05-07-05, 11:53 AM
Get a Maxtor Diamond with the 16mb's of cache :)

CaptNKILL
05-07-05, 12:49 PM
Damn, I hate seeing how much faster other drives are after I already made my purchase :p

I read about the 7200.8 before though, so I knew it was faster. But Im a bit weary of buying brand new models. The 7200.8 isnt even a year old yet I dont think, and from some reviews that I read, it sounds like they are a very different design than the 7200.7 (which have been around for 2 years, so everyone knows they are very reliable).

I dont know whether I should just go with what I ordered, or go back and cancel the order to get a 200gb version of the 7200.8 for like $15 more... dammit, I hate difficult choices!

Rakeesh
05-07-05, 01:23 PM
It's got a 5 year warranty doesn't it? To me a 5 year warranty says its built to last.

CaptNKILL
05-07-05, 01:35 PM
It's got a 5 year warranty doesn't it? To me a 5 year warranty says its built to last.
True... and you've got me convinced. After looking at that review, the 7200.8 is deffinitely a hell of a fast drive. Most of the time its faster than the raptor... and thats just insane!

I think im going to get the 200gig model from newegg. $15 will get me a much faster drive and 40 more gigs of space I wont use :D

superklye
05-07-05, 04:24 PM
Get the 400GB for $311. :D

CaptNKILL
05-07-05, 04:29 PM
Get the 400GB for $311. :D
ok! *buys 4* :D

Superfly
05-07-05, 05:43 PM
maxtors 16mb diamondmax10 drives are cool as.

CaptNKILL
05-12-05, 10:53 PM
Well, I got my 200Gb 7200.8 drive a couple days ago, and Ive been testing it, and today I used Ghost to transfer my whole hard drive over to it.

Now im running it on my current system (until my new one gets up and running :D) and it kicks ass! Its totaly silent, I can notice a huge difference in load times for games and I have 145gigs free now rather than about 17 :D

This is a really nice drive. I have run scandisk and the drive integrity check in Ghost and its checked out 100%, so I think ive got a nice solid drive :)

I highly recommend this drive to anyone looking for a fast, high capacity desktop drive thats reliable AND quiet... not to mention cheap. You cant go wrong with Seagate! :bounce:

Strahd
05-13-05, 05:30 PM
I knew you would like Seagate, their drives rock and they are usually the only hard drive I will buy.