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# 30368 5-Feb-2009 17:32
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As I have recently started going Blu-ray, I am transcoding the movies to Matroska for space considerations but I am looking to increase my HDD space by another 1TB. I will retain my two 500GB Seagate HDDs.

Question: should I go with a Seagate or another brand like Samsung? And if anyone has had any compatibility issues with HDDs recently?

On a side note, it seems Pricespy's server is down. Are they still in business? What other NZ sites are good for PC parts' comparisons? Cheers.




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  # 194327 5-Feb-2009 17:57
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Price spy might be affected by the Telstra Clear fibre issue.

disk wise I like the WD Green Power drivers as they are very cool, very quiet, and ideal for HTPC.




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  # 194337 5-Feb-2009 19:09
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Normally I would've said Seagate all the way, but given their recent issues, I'm not so sure; as openmedia says, the WD green series of drives are a good option, as are Samsung Spinpoint units; in my experience they're very quiet.

Try this:

http://www.nzoczone.com/product_info.php?products_id=5202

Don't rely too much in Pricespy; I've been told by a few resellers that the pricing isn't always that great.

 
 
 
 


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# 194339 5-Feb-2009 19:19
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I have a WD 1TB green.  Have had no problems with it at all, and it definately runs cool and quiet.

But you might also want to consider a SG 1.5TB Barracuda.  I have 1 of these as well.  Seems to run hotter, but is very quiet; is a great performer.

If lots of storage matters, then bigger is better.

On that note WD have just released a 2TB to their green range, should be hitting the shelves very soon.

That's what I plan on getting next Tongue out




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  # 194341 5-Feb-2009 19:37
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I too recommend WD Green Power HDD's, I currently have two 750GB drives, cool and quiet, highly recommended for HTPC's.

As pointed out, they have just released 2TB drives using the same cool and quiet technology/formula...I plan to buy 2 myself, that will bring my HTPC HDD space upto 5.5TB, but I plan to use Raid, so will only have 2.75TB total...but I will then finally have a backup/mirror image of all my movie collection for safety.

Have a read of this page, it lists the quietest and coolest HDD's...excellent resource:
SPCR (Silent PC Review) the second page has the table of top ranking HDD's




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  # 194346 5-Feb-2009 20:21
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Here's another vote for WD 1TB green. I have two in my HTPC and I cant fault them.

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  # 194369 5-Feb-2009 21:42
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Yup go Green..

My last WD is running very well !!



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  # 194381 5-Feb-2009 22:20
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Thanks all. Looks like the greens have itLaughing

What's the difference between the green & the black series? I know; don't be so bloo&y lazy. But, hey, I can't help itTongue out




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  # 194382 5-Feb-2009 22:25
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TheBartender: I too recommend WD Green Power HDD's, I currently have two 750GB drives, cool and quiet, highly recommended for HTPC's.

As pointed out, they have just released 2TB drives using the same cool and quiet technology/formula...I plan to buy 2 myself, that will bring my HTPC HDD space upto 5.5TB, but I plan to use Raid, so will only have 2.75TB total...but I will then finally have a backup/mirror image of all my movie collection for safety.

Have a read of this page, it lists the quietest and coolest HDD's...excellent resource:
SPCR (Silent PC Review) the second page has the table of top ranking HDD's
The only Raid I like comes in a can. I DVD-backup everything. Call me paranoid, but it's what I  know. Except when you're DVD drive cr*ps out & the next model refuses to recognise the DVDs you already haveCry So I don't firmware-upgrade anymore, & buy good quality media.




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  # 194404 6-Feb-2009 00:35
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I wouldn't touch seagate with a barge pole now. Too many problems they have had with the 1TB drives especially, and i probably won't buy a hard drive from them for a while. Used to be a market leader a while ago but my opinion of them has fell a fair bit over the recent year or so.
Western Digital and Samsung are both excellent and reliable performers.

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  # 194435 6-Feb-2009 10:26
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After extensive research last year when building my HTPC, I settled on Samsung Spinpoint drives.  Very quiet and reliable.  No issues with them to date.


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  # 194471 6-Feb-2009 14:46
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I've got 9 of the WD Greens and not had a single problem with any of them. For a HTPC they run very quiet and cool.

SilentPCReview has some excellent reviews on most of the latest drives from a noise perspective. http://www.silentpcreview.com/






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  # 194501 6-Feb-2009 17:51
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We run both Seagate and Western Digital GP drives here. I would put the WD drives quieter and cooler. The Seagate 1.5TB drives also have a firmware issue to be aware of.

Also, for those talking about it, RAID is not equal to backup. RAID will give you protection against hardware failure, that's it[1]. You need backups for data security.

[1] It's also useful in some configurations for expanding volume sizes.




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  # 194622 7-Feb-2009 12:47
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I am using the Samsung F1 1TB drives here now they are very quiet and well performing so far.



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  # 194654 7-Feb-2009 15:32
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Thanks all. WD; Samsung: WD; SamsungUndecided Anyone got a coinLaughing




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  # 194661 7-Feb-2009 16:29
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1gkar: Thanks all. WD; Samsung: WD; SamsungUndecided Anyone got a coinLaughing


Let your wallet decide..




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