spronkey

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  1. Just generally the WD -KS and -AAKS series. These started live as the Caviar SE, then SE16, and now Caviar Blue. Models include WD2500KS, WD5000KS, WD5000AAKS, WD6400AAKS. Manufacturer: Western Digital Family: Caviar Blue Released: 2008 - not 100% sure here Notes: Previously WD SE16 Model Name (product family): Caviar Blue Model Number: WD5000AAKS Capacity: 500GB URL: http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?DriveID=301 Interface: SATA 3GB/s Spindle Speed: 7200RPM Seek: not specificed Buffer: 16MB Density: Varies depending on date Manufacturer: Western Digital Family: Caviar Blue Released: 2008 Notes: Model Name (product family): Caviar Blue Model Number: WD6400AAKS Capacity: 640GB URL: http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=394 Interface: SATA 3GB/s Spindle Speed: 7200RPM Seek: not specificed Buffer: 16MB Density: ~320GB/platter
  2. Hi all, I'm looking for a new hard drive to swap my (absolutely brilliant) Samsung P80 120GB with, and have read around a lot but still in the dark. I have average backup habits - usually once fourtnightly on average. However these days that means I could lose 100 up to hours of work, and due to other constraints (space, heat and power) RAID mirroring is out of the question, which leads me to my primary factors of concern, most to least important: 1. Reliability I want 2-3 years of 24/7 running out of this drive inside a well-cooled PC, and hopefully another 2-3 years in an external case. I don't want to have to have a refurb drive in the warranty period, so I'm looking for manufactuers whose drives tend to follow bathtub curves nicely (e.g. high failure rates early in life, very low failure rates until end of life). 2. Noise We sometimes work in a very quiet environment. My SATA Seagate 7200.7 is too noisy while my PATA 7200.7 is acceptable. Ideally, I want the noise level of my (literally inaudible outside a fanless case) Samsung P80. 3. Heat This drive MUST run cool - especially considering it will be moved into an external case later in its life. I have the following options with prices (in $NZ - should be the comparison that matters) and notes that i have made based on reading around: 250GB[b/]: Seagate 7200.(9?) - $145 - reliability survey indicates issues with the .9 family, bad performance? Seagate 7200.1 ES - $175 - ES seems overpriced? WD 2500KS - $150 - Jx series seems good, KS series runs hot? Looks promising - a bit dubious about WD reliability since having two drives disintegrate with bad sectors (800JB and 800BB) Samsung P120 - $150 - Looks to be my best bet, except reliability figures in survey not great? Hitachi T7K250[/i[ - $150 Hitachi T7K500 - $150 - Hitachi are hard to source in New Zealand, which leads me to believe warranty would be a problem. 3x0GB: Samsung T133 (?) 300GB - $210 - Expensive. Not much info on T-series? WD 3200KS 320GB - $185 - Looks fairly good and reliable? What about noise though? Lots of info on Jx series but not Kx? Seagate 7200.10 320GB - $180 - Noisy, lottery for good drive? As you can all see, it seems like something is at fault with every drive in my list Does anyone have any recommendations for me, or facts to set my findings straight? Thanks
  3. So from what you've both said, my best bet for Reliability, Noise and Heat are the Western Digitals (2500KS and 3200KS)? I just put a 3200KS in a system I built for a friend just last week actually, was pretty quiet from memory.. I guess it's about time i bought another WD...
  4. Righty guys, I've just purchased a Seagate 7200.7 200GB SATA - model ST3200822AS, manufactured in Thailand, and it's making very loud seek noises - MUCH louder than my other two drives: - Seagate 7200.7 200GB PATA - model ST3200822A (China) - Samsung 120GB PATA SP1203 I've previously taken back a 200GB PATA 3200822A (Thailand), because it COD'd and failed SMART tests within the first 7 days. That was a bit more of a worrying noise than the loud seeking i'm getting with this drive, but given it's the third fairly new Seagate drive i've had that makes strange noises (PATA drive with it's annoying seagate STIR idle ticks), I'm almost ready to say I'll never buy another Seagate (which adds them to my list of drives to never buy: maxtor, hitachi, fujitsu), and stick to Samsung and WD. WAVE FILE RECORDINGS For comparison: http://www.spronkey.com/drivenoise/ Note: the pata.wav file has had volume increased 25%, while the sata wav file is at normal recording, from around 3 inches away from the drive. Note, the background noise is a fan (that's how loud it is). Is this a worrying seek volume, and should I take the drive back and attempt to get a replacement based on the fact that it's loud? Or is it fairly normal? Given that both my other drives can hardly be heard over fan noise, it's rather annoying.