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02-02-11, 08:35 PM #1
Need recomendations for an OS drive
It's been over 4 years since I have bought a new drive. I am still running my OS on an old IDE 100 drive. I am putting together a new system and was looking for some input on a fast, reliable and quiet drive.
I was considering an ssd but I still have a hard time justifying $1 plus a gig. So those are the requirements. Would like it to be at least 1 TB as well.
02-02-11, 08:44 PM #2
A SSD would be the best OS drive. If you wanna go HDD, then you should look into the WD Caviar Blacks.i7 4770K | ASRock Z87M OC Formula | 2x8GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600 8-8-8-24 1.35v | EVGA GTX780 SC ACX | ASUS Xonar Essence STX | 256GB OCZ Vertex 4 | SeaSonic X750
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02-02-11, 09:05 PM #3
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If it is just a os drive look into the smaller ssd drives, like the 40gb maybe even 60. they are affordable worth the investment and not gonna break your budget, then as for a data drive look into something like the samsung spinpoint f4, i have one and absolutely love it. It isnt as slow as you would expect.underachiever/black firday rocks
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02-02-11, 09:13 PM #4
I know ssd is the best way to go for an OS drive but I can justify spending that much on so little. I have had a few different ones in the cart and could never pull the trigger. Probably something wrong with me. I want the speed but some things I am just too cheap to buy.
02-02-11, 09:41 PM #5E6600 @2.99GHz - DFI Infinity P965 Dark - 4GB PC6400 - WD 300GB Raptor - WD 74GB Raptor - Radeon HD 3850 256MB - Vista Business
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02-02-11, 09:47 PM #6
A friend of mine has 2 150gb velociRaptor in raid. He says he likes them but they are noisy. Whats your take on the noise?
02-02-11, 09:47 PM #7
There are a few options the first of which you already ruled out
1) 30-40gb ssd + 500gb-1TB drive (fastest but most expensive)
2) Raptor + additional hdd if you need/want it for storage space (middle ground)
3) WD Black 1tb or Samsung F3 1tb (cheapest and slowest) but still a massive upgrade from an IDE drive
02-02-11, 09:49 PM #8
02-02-11, 10:20 PM #9
I was peaking at the drives and this is probably the best bang for the buck on the Blacks. Whats the take on this one?
02-03-11, 12:09 AM #10
great drive horrible price
in that price range I would much rather go for a 30-60gb ssd + a $80-$100 2tb drive
Specifically you can get a Hitachi 2tb 7200 rpm drive for $100, or less if you dont want 7200 rpm, that will be 95% as good as that wd black and with the remander of the cost of the black get a small ssd for your OS and a game or two. As an OS drive any recent SSD will be at least a magnitude above any mechanical drive in regards to performance.
edit: links to good deals on large mechanical drives
$80 shipped http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822145475
$80 shipped http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152245
$100 shipped with coupon code (HARDOCPX126C) ending soon http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822145473
Last edited by BossBorot; 02-03-11 at 12:20 AM.