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Old 02-12-2006, 03:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm toying with the idea of a second hard drive. What do you guys reccommend? I want at least 120 GB, 7200 RPM and I believe my mobo is SATA150, I'll have to double check. Oh, and I don't want to spend more than $100- $120. I currently have a Maxtor, no problems, but I've heard good things about Western Digital and Seagate. So what's good? What things should I look out for/ in to/ pay attention to? What kind of things are important when considering a HDD? Thanks.
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I picked up my current hard drive at Best Buy for $80 or so (great sale).

I checked Fry's. If you don't mind going with ATA, they have a super-sweet deal right now. 16MB buffer!

Seagate ST3250623A-RK 250GB PATA
# 7200 RPM
# 16 MB Buffer
# Retail kit hard drive
# 5 Year Manufacture Warranty
Price: $ 119.99
After Rebate: $ 69.99

http://shop4.outpost.com/product/4596257

What's good? Seagate, Western Digital. Seagate has the better warranty.

What to look for? Cache size can be a stumbling block. Don't grab one with a 2MB buffer or you're screwed for speed. Spindle speed (5400 are old drives, but they are still out there). NCQ is good.

What's important? Performance, warranty, bang for the $.
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get a 250gb. best price:storage ratio. go for a 250gb caviar
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Crap, I'm gonna need a refresher on all my HDD ports. Is ATA the same as IDE or is it another thing entirely? ATA is slower than SATA correct?
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ATA is the same as IDE but ATA is just the real name and IDE is just one of the abbreviations. and yes SATA is faster than IDE
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I just bought a Maxtor 250GB SATA, working really well... For 130$ (CAN)
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Samsung Spinpoint 250gb HDD's are really good, im planning on getting another very soon.
They're great for the money
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IDE describes the type of drive, ATA describes the connection. it just so happens that they are pretty much synonomous because they were always used together and never seperated.
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i suppose it could be said that SATA is still IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics) because the controller for the drive is still on the drive.
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