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Best HDD for storage/speed?

Xplod2064
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Hello all, I am looking for a "Fast but decent capacity HDD" meaning 3TB or more and 7200RPM

 

Literally all that is going to be on there is all my games from steam and others.

 

I had a WD Black 1TB but that is too small now.

 

Any ideas?

 

Other thing is being able to get whatever drive it is from New Zealand would be sweet!

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WD Blacks are the fastest regular HDDs still. They're pricey at higher capacities though. An alternative would be the Seagate Barracuda (NOT the Barracuda Compute). They're regular consumer drives, but they're speedy enough. Another solution would be buying a SSHD, like the Seagate Firecuda.

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1 minute ago, NelizMastr said:

WD Blacks are the fastest regular HDDs still. They're pricey at higher capacities though. An alternative would be the Seagate Barracuda (NOT the Barracuda Compute). They're regular consumer drives, but they're speedy enough. Another solution would be buying a SSHD, like the Seagate Firecuda.

I thought that the firecuda's were only good as a boot drive because of the flash memory?

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1 minute ago, Xplod2064 said:

I thought that the firecuda's were only good as a boot drive because of the flash memory?

They're fine for games too as anything can be cached in that space. Optane is no different in that sense.

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2 minutes ago, Xplod2064 said:

I thought that the firecuda's were only good as a boot drive because of the flash memory?

nah, they can cache for storage too. but it costs that much more I would just get a barracuda

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Just now, LukeSavenije said:

nah, they can cache for storage too. but it costs that much more I would just get a barracuda

 

Just now, NelizMastr said:

They're fine for games too as anything can be cached in that space. Optane is no different in that sense.

So it is either a.. 4TB

-Barracuda $184 (5400RPM, 256MB Cache)

-Barracuda Pro $286 (7200RPM, 128MB Cache)

-WD Black $315 (7200RPM, 256MB Cache)

 

Those are basically the choices.

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1 minute ago, Xplod2064 said:

 

So it is either a.. 4TB

-Barracuda $184 (5400RPM, 256MB Cache)

-Barracuda Pro $286 (7200RPM, 128MB Cache)

-WD Black $315 (7200RPM, 256MB Cache)

 

Those are basically the choices.

Oh shoot there's no 7200rpm regular barracuda 4TB. Well there's always the Skyhawk :D 

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Just now, NelizMastr said:

Oh shoot there's no 7200rpm regular barracuda 4TB. Well there's always the Skyhawk :D 

But that is surveillance does that make a difference?

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2 minutes ago, NelizMastr said:

Oh shoot there's no 7200rpm regular barracuda 4TB. Well there's always the Skyhawk :D 

there is a 3tb tho...

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4 minutes ago, Xplod2064 said:

Those are basically the choices.

add this one to comparison, 

Seagate Backup Plus Portable External Hard Drive 4TB USB 3.0

 

its a 2.5" 5400rpm  Barracuda  inside

 

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Just now, dgsddfgdfhgs said:

add this one to comparison, 

Seagate Backup Plus Portable External Hard Drive 4TB USB 3.0

 

its a 2.5" 5400rpm  Barracuda  inside

 

Eww 5400rpm

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Yeah Idk I don't wanna buy a cheap one then having it break down after a year.

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15 minutes ago, NelizMastr said:

Eww 5400rpm

 

15 minutes ago, dgsddfgdfhgs said:

add this one to comparison, 

Seagate Backup Plus Portable External Hard Drive 4TB USB 3.0

 

its a 2.5" 5400rpm  Barracuda  inside

 

 

15 minutes ago, LukeSavenije said:

 

there is a 3tb tho...

So honestly what would be best from the selection I put

-Barracuda $184 (5400RPM, 256MB Cache)

-Barracuda Pro $286 (7200RPM, 128MB Cache)

-WD Black $315 (7200RPM, 256MB Cache)

 

Unless there is another?

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Just now, Xplod2064 said:

 

 

So honestly what would be best from the selection I put

-Barracuda $184 (5400RPM, 256MB Cache)

-Barracuda Pro $286 (7200RPM, 128MB Cache)

-WD Black $315 (7200RPM, 256MB Cache)

 

Unless there is another?

ironwolf, red, gold

 

black should cost less, and this one is what I mean with barracuda

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/j28H99/seagate-barracuda-3tb-35-7200rpm-internal-hard-drive-st3000dm008

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40 minutes ago, Xplod2064 said:

Hello all, I am looking for a "Fast but decent capacity HDD" meaning 3TB or more and 7200RPM

 

All black everything. No alternatives here. New WD Black 4 & 6 TB come with 256 mb cache. I can find them in Greece where we don't really have the best prices due to taxes, WD black 4 TB at around 180 € and the 6TB one at around 250 €.

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7 minutes ago, Settlerteo said:

All black everything. No alternatives here. New WD Black 4 & 6 TB come with 256 mb cache. I can find them in Greece where we don't really have the best prices due to taxes, WD black 4 TB at around 180 € and the 6TB one at around 250 €.

Yeah I was gonna get a 2tb Black but the extra cache for having a 4tb seems tempting.

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3 minutes ago, LukeSavenije said:

yes, so?

He probably needs something better optimized for gaming, streaming and mostly desktop day to day staff(where blacks come for). Although i have to say that WD reds are number 1 in terms of reliability and among desktop/nas drives.

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1 minute ago, Settlerteo said:

WD reds are number 1 in terms of reliability and among desktop/nas drives.

Yeah, unless you're using the 3TB or 6TB versions. They have a poor reliability record.

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So I don't understand black says it is for performance, but people are saying you can use Seagate Skyhawk or WD red,gold etc Don't those drives work differently to how a black does and will it be better or worse than a black for everyday gaming usage?

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5 minutes ago, Settlerteo said:

He probably needs something better optimized for gaming, streaming and mostly desktop day to day staff(where blacks come for). Although i have to say that WD reds are number 1 in terms of reliability and among desktop/nas drives.

 

3 minutes ago, NelizMastr said:

Yeah, unless you're using the 3TB or 6TB versions. They have a poor reliability record.

So I don't understand black says it is for performance, but people are saying you can use Seagate Skyhawk or WD red,gold etc Don't those drives work differently to how a black does and will it be better or worse than a black for everyday gaming usage?

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8 minutes ago, Xplod2064 said:

But aren't those for nas and stuff?

WD red is also a very good choice even if it is more optimized for Nas functionality. Golds are somewhere between Blacks and Reds so these are good choices too. Never tested one of them though. If i could give you a top five for desktop staff i d go like this:
1.WD Black
2.WD Red
3.WD Gold
4.Toshiba X300
5.Seagate Ironwolf Pro(Barracudas really have a bigger failure rate)

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3 minutes ago, Xplod2064 said:

So I don't understand black says it is for performance, but people are saying you can use Seagate Skyhawk or WD red,gold etc Don't those drives work differently to how a black does and will it be better or worse than a black for everyday gaming usage?

As i said before everyday staff Black is the best, but a good Nas will serve you well too.

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