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Old 08-09-2008, 10:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My hard drive is getting a bit old (6 years) and I am now looking to upgrade.

I really don't know much about the newer versions and lingo.

I would like to keep the drive as quiet as possible.

Should I go for a 10,000 rpm with 16mb cache or 7,200 rpm with 32mb of cache?

Was thinking either the raptor or a Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 .

What about Samsung, WD, etc?
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Does your motherboard have SATA ports on it?
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Old 08-09-2008, 11:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes, gigabyte ga-p35-ds3l

Upgrading from a WD 7,200 sata3 8mb cache

Should I expect to see a major performance upgrade?
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Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

one of the fastest drives out right now
good size, cash, speed, and price
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Agreed... its just as fast as a 10k RPM Drive, but quieter, and more than 4x the HD Space of a RaptorX

Plus the 10k RPM drives will have a shorter life span over a 7200RPM since it spins hard
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But won't I notice the 16 cache v. 32 cache?
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Its really not noticeable
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