Hello I have run out of space on my computer and I've been looking at new hard drives to up my storage capacity. I would be using the new drives for video/audio mostly. The main problem I have is that I have filled all my SATA ports and also need a new cd/dvd drive (my old one is IDE and those are hard to come by now). I was looking at the 3 TB drives, but from what I've read they tend to be more fragile, fail more often, and some hardware has trouble dealing with much space, so I narrowed it down to two 2TB drives. I will probably just partition the new drives to match the ones they will be replacing so it doesn't feel like I actually "lost" a drive. My question to you guys is what drive do you recommend? I was leaning towards WD green for the price, but I hear the performance is horrible because of the power saving feature which dynamically controls the speed of the drive. I don't have much patience with seek times and I'm going to be transferring a lot of data onto these drives. I also don't want it to interfere with the playback of my media. My second choice was a Seagate.
I was looking over my motherboard specs from newegg and I noticed the description says it has 7 SATA 3 ports, however, I am only aware of 5 with one eSATA on the back panel. Where are they getting the 7th from and can I use it? I was also hoping someone could clarify eSATA because I am unfamiliar. Can I actually use more than 5 SATA devices with this motherboard? I always assumed that I could not use eSATA ports normally.
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Newegg.com