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Oct 21, 2009
Hi guys looking for a hard drive to replace my existing main drive, not bothered about having a lot of storage 500GB will be plenty.

Have about three hard drives to choose from, would like to spend no more than £50.

The choices:

Barracuda 7200.11
Barracuda 7200.12
Caviar Black 640GB

Have looked at countless reviews and quite a few of them are saying different things. So any recommendations are welcomed...


Mr Alpha

Senior Member
Jul 15, 2006
I'd go for the Caivar Black, but truth to be told the difference is not that big.


Jul 7, 2006
500gb Samsung F3 or 640gb WD Black

The Samsung F3 is usually cheaper, runs cooler, and quieter. In regards to speed the F3 has better transfer speeds where as the WD black has better seeks and a longer warranty. Both are great drives and you wont be disappointed either way.

The Samsung has a single 500gb platter and the 640gb WD has two 320gb platters.
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Aug 13, 2003
I'd go with the black only because the warranty. Disregarding that I'd go with the single platter 7200.12.