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Old 02-27-2009, 05:49 PM   #1
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What do you guys think is the better 500 GB drive: Seagate Barracuda or Western Digital Caviar?

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Old 02-27-2009, 05:52 PM   #2
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You can't go wrong with either one. They are both quality manufacturers with very good track records.
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Old 02-27-2009, 05:54 PM   #3
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yeah they both are really good and I believe that the WD is a little bit cheaper...

I have a WD caviar 500 GB and it hasnt done me wrong and I also have a WD 1TB that hasn't given me any problems either....

IMHO I would go with whatever is cheaper and either one you will be happy with....
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Old 02-27-2009, 06:04 PM   #4
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Si, either one. I usually go with WD though, never had a problem with them.
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Old 02-27-2009, 06:55 PM   #5
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Here is the Seagate

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148395

here is the WD

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136149
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Old 02-27-2009, 07:15 PM   #6
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Apples or oranges. They have the same specs, prices and warranty periods.
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Old 02-27-2009, 08:24 PM   #7
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Apples or oranges. They have the same specs, prices and warranty periods.
Flip a coin Heads = Seagate: Tails = WD...
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The links are down,but personally i wouldnt care which one,they are pretty much the same,just different brands
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Barracuda sounds cooler so I'd go with it :P

haha well if you had to use something on a choice basis :P
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Old 02-28-2009, 01:40 PM   #10
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I say if you live in the western US then go with Western Digital, you don't want to piss it off by living in the east! And the Barracuta sounds cold.. so go with that in a cold place.



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Seagate has a slightly better track record in reliability than western digital. Sometimes there are speed differences too, but they are minor, but you can check them up in reviews. Apparently that seagate drive is a single platter hard drive which means it's cheap and reliable and they tend to be quieter and more power efficient.
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Old 02-28-2009, 02:22 PM   #12
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Personally i would go with the WD caviar Black 500gb as it has 32mb cache and has a 5YR warranty
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^ he's not going to notice the difference between 16 and 32

I personally have a wd passport and a seagate internal. I would just get a seagate because I like the name
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I have one of each. The Seagate is 2 years old and the WD is about a year old. Both works as advertised.
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If all I do is browse the net and watch a movie every once and a while on my PC, what kind of life expectancy could I expect from either one of these drives?

Take your best guess please.

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it all depends on how good it was built.


Anyway i have had an old 40 GB Hardrive i replaced on a compaq for like 4 years. it lasted that long and it was a Seagate. It kinda broke becuase of my PSU if you want to count that
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life expectancy is not really an "issue" for hard drives. If they are quality drives, they should last a pretty long time. i have a 11 year old computer....so if 11 year old technology can last 11 years....yea...a pretty long time.

I know they can't last forever, but by the time they fail you'll probably need a larger one.
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If all I do is browse the net and watch a movie every once and a while on my PC, what kind of life expectancy could I expect from either one of these drives?

Take your best guess please.

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Many, many years. I used to have an old Maxtor drive that was originally purchased new in 1998 that's still going strong to this day.
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Many, many years. I used to have an old Maxtor drive that was originally purchased new in 1989 that's still going strong to this day.
40 Mbs?
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Nope, it was a bit larger. It was a Maxtor DiamondMax 2880 11.52GB ATA/33. It was one of the top drives of it's time. It also offered quite a bit of storage space.
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