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Solved: WD Caviar Black or Seagate Barracuda...?

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  1. Phlum

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    Googling this question doesn't yield me many answers. I'm in a very particular situation, as well:
    On eBuyer, I've been looking to get a 2tb WD Caviar Black hard drive for recording game footage onto. That is about £125 (without shipping costs). However, I could get a 3tb Seagate Barracuda for about £90 - again, without shipping costs applied.

    What's the best choice here?

    WD: http://www.ebuyer.com/247563-wd-2tb-black-desktop-drive-wd2002faex
    Seagate: http://www.ebuyer.com/319640-seagate-3tb-barracuda-internal-hard-drive-oem-st3000dm001

    If it makes any difference, the two hard drives already in my machine are WD Caviar Greens.

    Cheers
     
  2. Netghost56

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    Seagate is considered a better brand than WD, but I've always used WD because it's a better value...

    Looks like you found a bargain with the Seagate...probably a limited time offer.

    EDIT: The Seagate is probably cheaper due to a 1 year warranty, opposed to the 5 year warranty on WD....your choice, depending how you plan to use it.
     
  3. Phlum

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    It's going to be VERY heavily used, but not all the time. It'll be used for Fraps, which writes a lot of data very quickly.
     
  4. Netghost56

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    Then maybe take advantage of the 5 year warranty??
     
  5. valis

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    ive got a seagate 2tb next to me currently, and a wd 2tb at the house....both have been rock solid....
     
  6. trevordk

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    Yea, I personally use Seagate due to the cost, but I also keep an external backup so it's not much of an issue as far as a shorter warranty is concerned. WD Black are good from what I hear, it's the Caviar Blue you want to stay away from.

    Keep in mind as well that the NTFS file system can only recognize up to 2.2TB, so you will need to partition a 3TB drive as 2TB/1TB, or use GPT.
     
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    NTFS is a file system with a maximum size of 16TB or 256TB. It's the partition type or layout that is the issue, the older Master Boot Record(MBR) system has a 2TB limit and the new GUID Partition Table is the replacement that can exceed 2TB but both systems allow NTFS to be used as the file system.
     
  8. Phlum

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    I've decided to pick up the Seagate drive and get an additional 2 years of warranty for £15. Seems like a fine deal to me. Thanks for your feedback, everyone!
     
  9. trevordk

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    Thanks for catching that (and the wattage issue yesterday). Been a long week of late nights and my mind is mixing/mashing things together, time for a break!
     
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