Help regarding Hard Disk Drive and Games!
Written by: BilliTomoose - 12:55 Oct-15-2013

I have an internal 200 GB western digital hard drive at the moment and I am buying an internal 500 GB hard drive. My options are Seagate  16 Mb cache , Western Digital Caviar Green 64 Mb cache or Blue 16 Mb cache (btw, don't know the difference ) and Toshiba 32 Mb cache. Any suggestion?

 Also, as a result, I will install windows and linux in my new hard drive, so, will I just have to transfer games from old to new hard drive or are there some other things to do?

Any suggestion would be appreciable and helpful :D

PS: There should be an option to choose 2 or more tags like hardware and games :)

Which hard drive to buy?

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14:09 Oct-21-2013

60 GB ssd with 500 GB HDD your PC will be flying :)

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19:05 Oct-21-2013

128GB IF buying an SSD for OS, the price/performance/capacity is much better and 120-128GB is optimal capacity for Windows + few programs (while keeping at least 1/3 free for optimal lifespan:)

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08:25 Oct-22-2013

^ This man speaks the truth ^_^

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10:15 Oct-22-2013

btw Tero I still haven't decided which ssd should I pick:
Kingston SSDNow V300
Crucial m4 (7mm)
Crucial M500
Kingston SSDNow KC300
OCZ Vertex 450
Samsung 840 Series basic
OCZ Octane
Kingston HyperX 3K
?? (all 120-128GB, sorted by price from cheapest)

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12:28 Oct-22-2013

Samsung 840 EVO 120Gb :P

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17:32 Oct-23-2013

Well my Samsung 840 has performed extremely nicely ^_^
Judging by those SSDs performance and comparing them with mine, I'd get the Vertex 450 ;)

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18:23 Oct-23-2013

damn now I don't know again :P
found some comparison, where:
#1 = Crucial m4 series
#2 = OCZ Vertex 4 series
#3 = Samsung 840 Pro series

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07:21 Oct-24-2013

Just get the Samsung one and be done with it :D

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15:48 Oct-24-2013

@Tero that's a problem, coz
Samsung 840 Basic (120GB) costs 92€
Samsung 840 Pro (128GB) costs 126.5€
that's fakin huge difference, and same for performance;
I also read some review about OCZ Vertex 450 which beats almost all SSD drives till now, but only if it's 256GB or bigger version
OCZ Vertex 450 (128GB) costs 89.5€
OCZ Vertex 450 (256GB) costs 201.5€
I guess I'll wait for "after-xmas-sales" coz the prices are crazy, cheapest Kingston SSDNow V300 (120GB) costs 76€

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19:37 Oct-24-2013

I paid roughly the same for the 840 Basic :)

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19:59 Oct-24-2013

I love OCZ vertex

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14:08 Oct-21-2013

use a SSD with HDD for max perf.

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11:26 Oct-22-2013

You live in Pakistan, so you must know about the prices of SSD. I would rather spend on graphics card than to buy a SSD :D

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14:25 Oct-22-2013

I know they are high. :P

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08:46 Oct-16-2013

So. here's the conclusion I have reached:


    Caviar Green has 5400 rpm so, don't get it is as 64 Mb cache won't help.
    Next you say that seagate has poor lifespan so, don't get it as well.
    As for the last two, The Demontool said both are the same, so 32 Mb cache is better and thus, the conclusion is heading towards Toshiba DT01ACA050.
It is the cheapest also for 57 USD instead of which I can get DT01ACA100 1TB for 64 USD. So, what do you all say? -Thanks already for your great suggestions :D

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09:11 Oct-16-2013

Good choice since it's essentially a WD Blue with a 32Mb cache and call me TD from now on :)

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09:24 Oct-16-2013

Yea nice choice enjoy it!

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09:32 Oct-16-2013

yeah go for the toshiba.

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10:51 Oct-16-2013

Thanks all :D

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12:53 Oct-16-2013

I will really go with the Seagate one... My HDD (Seagate Barracuda 1Tb) is very quiet, 20C on full load, 11-13C on idle, has been for me in 4 years, still no faults....

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13:43 Oct-16-2013

I have Seagate 7200.14 2TB and it's quiet too;
31°C temps here :)

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14:19 Oct-16-2013

Notice that the Seagate he's planning on buying only has a 16Mb cache. That's bare minimum for a 500GB drive IMO.

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14:30 Oct-16-2013

Seagate as company have cartel agreement that their products will die few months after warranty ends -same as light bulbs, fridges, washing machines, printers ..etc
WD is not in this group

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14:37 Oct-16-2013

WD is awseome everybody know that!

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15:13 Oct-16-2013

XD

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08:32 Oct-16-2013

One thing though Segate are really really poor when comes to lfespan !

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18:25 Oct-15-2013

The more the cache the better :D

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18:32 Oct-15-2013

5400rpm = bad

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19:06 Oct-15-2013

its betwen 5400-7200 rpm is not always that!

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08:27 Oct-16-2013

Thanks for the information tzzsmk :)

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12:29 Oct-16-2013

As a storage HDD, 5400 RPM makes no difference :)

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17:21 Oct-15-2013

WD green = 5400rpm ..SO NO !!
WD blue = "middle path" in WD hdds
Seagate....if 7200.14 (like my 2TB) then why not :)
Toshiba ...hmmm rather no
if you want "secondary" hdd, then think about 2TB hdd, for a bit less than two 500GB you can get 2TB, I bought Seagate 7200.14 2TB few days ago and although it has 3 platters, it's rather silent and doesn't heat much, and speeds are good :Đ

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17:23 Oct-15-2013

btw 16MB cache is way enough for 500GB hdd, so I'm quite surprised the worst option in the poll - WD green has most votes O.o

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17:30 Oct-15-2013

its betwen 5000-7200rpm on WD green!

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17:39 Oct-15-2013

yea, means 5400rpm, wicked called "Intelli Power"

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17:30 Oct-15-2013

yeah, WD green? srsly? IDK why

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17:32 Oct-15-2013

mydreamrigmaza90210 your GPU was on my list when i got the my GFX it was betwen that matrix and top and i stay with TOP since was performing better!

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17:46 Oct-15-2013

hmm, thanks for the suggestion, personally, I may go for teh asus gtx 770, if the price DOES drop. The gtx 680 is actually cheaper, I may just go for that. the biggest advantage of the 7970 matrix is the looks.

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17:48 Oct-15-2013

strike that. the gtx 680 ASUS and the 7970 matrix platinum are the same price.

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17:58 Oct-15-2013

if you can go for GTX770 then do not go for GTX680, nVidia Boost 2.0 is huge reason to go for new card, aside from the fact GTX770 memory is highest clocked gpu memory so far and therefore balances lesser bus width compared to AMD :)

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20:03 Oct-15-2013

Only time will tell, if the gtx 770 drops in price, I'll definitely go for that

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20:19 Oct-15-2013

Yea GTX 770 is great!

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15:18 Oct-15-2013

WD Caviar Green 64 MB cache:
1. Low power consumption
2. Reasonable performance relative to reasonable price
3. My old desktop (i3-3220 plus HD 6670) had one and it was very quiet
4. Does not get hot

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15:19 Oct-15-2013

Agree bud!

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15:32 Oct-15-2013

Thanks for suggestion :)

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14:57 Oct-15-2013

My friend had problems with wd blue he changed it twice cuz of bad sectors

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15:33 Oct-15-2013

Thanks for sharing the info :)

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14:04 Oct-15-2013

This is my HDD btw: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236244
If will need to chose again i will go for a 3tb HDD and a good SSD!

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14:10 Oct-15-2013

thats a WD LOL

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14:14 Oct-15-2013

IKR. I surprised me also. Read my comments below PROPERLY :D

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14:16 Oct-15-2013

Oh yeah

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12:29 Oct-16-2013

I should have my 3TB Toshiba by the end of the day ^_^

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14:01 Oct-15-2013

WD Caviar BLACK 64MB cache, they are really fast

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14:04 Oct-15-2013

srsly though? you rly emphasized the "BLACK" part? too racist i guess xD

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14:05 Oct-15-2013

LOL

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14:06 Oct-15-2013

Black power! :-D

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14:07 Oct-15-2013

Yea Nigga!

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14:06 Oct-15-2013

... and VERY VERY expensive :D

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14:07 Oct-15-2013

Yeah but there is no need to go for velociraptor or ssd with wd black

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14:10 Oct-15-2013

But they consume a LOT of power and Generate a LOT of heat :D

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14:11 Oct-15-2013

My velociraptor stays cold !
Even in video editing or 3d editing!
Or in multitasking downloads!

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14:13 Oct-15-2013

Not if you are living in a tropical country with only have 1 Fan cooling your rig like I do :D

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14:15 Oct-15-2013

in the summer here in romania the temprature are 35c-37c Celsius!

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14:18 Oct-15-2013

They are fine I have one and it is 34C all the time (in load)

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14:28 Oct-15-2013

Thanks :D but it's comparatively expensive i.e $90 whereas others I have mentioned are about $60 ;)

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14:32 Oct-15-2013

Go for WD caviar green 64 and you will be fine i guarentee you that!
you will not complain in games,movies daily use. :)

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13:50 Oct-15-2013

people say WD green sucks, I'd get the WD blue. (I have no experience myself). WD green heats or something like that.

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13:53 Oct-15-2013
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13:55 Oct-15-2013

Read my comment below.

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16:19 Oct-15-2013

oh yeah, agree with you

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13:32 Oct-15-2013

WD caviar green 100% !
reliable,speed,silent works 100%!
i have on my old PC WD caviar green works flawless
and now with WD velociraptor its better but also is a lot more noise!

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13:34 Oct-15-2013

Thanks a lot for suggestion :)

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13:14 Oct-15-2013

Toshiba is rebranded WD at least that's what the one I recently bought is. Checking the model code lead to a WD Blue. If you are planning on installing games and OS in them a higher cache and RPM will give you little performance boost. Get the Toshiba therefore.

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13:17 Oct-15-2013

Thanks :D but what about the caviar green with 64 Mb cache then?

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13:54 Oct-15-2013

I heard their performance is a bit low comparing to the Blue. They are reliable and power saving if it's only going to be used as data storage which you are not since you are going to be installing games and OS :)

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13:56 Oct-15-2013

well for a "HDD" WD Caviar green its awseome!
even its a caviar black,velociraptor or green same performance is gaming just loading times are different!

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13:59 Oct-15-2013
Isn't that's what I said? :D                                                    
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13:58 Oct-15-2013

The 64mb of the cache won't make the difference compared to the performance you get from the Blue. So that's why I recommend he Toshiba 32mb since it's actually a rebranded 32mb WD Blue.

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14:00 Oct-15-2013

what performance... wait if we are talking about gaming its just 1,2 -3,2 seconds in gaming in terms of loading maps,save,new area!

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14:01 Oct-15-2013

Just on a SSD you can clearly see the diference in performance!

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14:02 Oct-15-2013
    That's why I said "A bit low" :D                                                
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14:05 Oct-15-2013

OK! Just to make things clear the Green 64mb and the Blue 32mb (Toshiba) are on Par. I'm just saying I'd prefer the Blue because I want even the slightest boost in performance I can get since I won't be installing a SSD :)

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14:07 Oct-15-2013

well if you want an SSD SATA 2 performance are only Velociraptor and they are really fast and much bigger life than a SSD but they also cost more than a usual HDD!

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14:11 Oct-15-2013

Which is why I picked the Blue. Cheaper but slightly more performance :D

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13:05 Oct-15-2013

I've used Caviars and they're pretty reliable :)
As for games... There really isn't a way to transfer them to the new HDD, you'll have to install them again :/

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13:15 Oct-15-2013

Thanks for your suggestion :) but please don't say that part with games :\

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14:01 Oct-15-2013

I know that feel bro. I had to do it when I got my new rig. I'm still missing a few games which I still want to play but am too lazy to install :(

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14:03 Oct-15-2013

Agree with Tero ;) You need to reinstall dem games. :D

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14:15 Oct-15-2013

Shhh... You're not helping :P

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14:30 Oct-15-2013

lol, but still he tried to help. Thanks :D

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