View Full Version : Which hard drive, 250GB or 320GB?

04-26-06, 11:59 PM
I need more storage space for PC but I can't decide if I should buy the 250GB or the 320GB. Both are from WD and SATA2 with 16MB Cache. Is it worth it to spend about $40 more for 70GB of HD space? Any advise for a very undecisive user here?

04-27-06, 12:23 AM
I have the 320GB and I love it. I think that the drive is the best deal in large capacity drives right now. You go under it and it seems like the difference in price per gigabyte makes smaller drives seem not to be as good of deals. If you go anywhere above 320GB, the price skyrockets to over $200.

Go with the 320GB, you wont regret it.

04-27-06, 08:47 AM
Yeah 320GB is the sweet spot right now. Seconded.

04-27-06, 11:21 AM
Yep.... what i'm running on.

WD3200KS I think it's known as.

Have any of you bothered enabling NCQ on one of these yet?

Heard allsorts of horror stories about NCQ and nForce4 lately, bit weary to try it.

04-27-06, 11:23 AM
It won't help performance on the desktop. Leave it disabled, no matter what the chipset. Storagereview.com had a writeup on it.

The 320GB drive I use is the WD3200JD. Great drive for just some cheap space, though not as fast as some of the newer ones. Probably a bit less coin however.

04-27-06, 11:50 AM
Think my back up drive is a JD , what I had as a main before.
That was awesome too.

I just be loving Western Digital.

04-27-06, 12:18 PM
Yeah WD FTW! Now that Maxtor has been gobbled up by Seagate we need to keep the competition alive. :)

04-27-06, 02:49 PM
I just installed my WD3200KS a few days ago. Been running with NCQ enabled just fine. Great performance. :D

04-27-06, 03:28 PM
Damn... I feel so... small :p

I bought a 200gig (to replace my 60gig) like a year and a half ago.

Now my brother has 2 320gigs and a 60gig... 700 freaking gigs :|

04-27-06, 07:56 PM
I'm stuck using a 10GB HDD for right now. Hopefully only until tomorrow, but I've been using it for about two weeks now. :D Sucks! I'll probably get a WD 250GB EIDE at Sam's Club. It's the lowest priced for that size I can find anywhere and it's not OEM. That'll be plenty of space for me. Oh, my 100GB's Boot Sector became corrupt and that is why I'm not using it anymore, but it was 4 years old too.

04-27-06, 08:20 PM
Bah, you need to go with this bad boy (http://dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=1896). :D

04-27-06, 08:24 PM
Bah, you need to go with this bad boy (http://dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=1896). :D
Oh my god...

And its seagate too...


04-27-06, 09:21 PM
Yeah, and it looks to be the best performing drive second only to the WD Raptor.

04-27-06, 10:42 PM
I got a 300gig for my DVR computer over a 250 and am glad I did :)

04-28-06, 12:14 AM
Bah, you need to go with this bad boy (http://dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=1896). :D

That's nice and spacious. However, even 500GBs still cost around $350, so I bet the 750GB might be close to $500, way out of my reach at the moment. But I think I'm gonna go with the 320GB by WD as soon as my $$$ is enough. Thanks for all the advise.

04-28-06, 08:31 AM
Yeah, and it looks to be the best performing drive second only to the WD Raptor.
RAID0 anyone? 1.5 terabytes anyone? :angel: