I want to give as much info as I can, so please bear with me on all the details, I'm trying to give as much useful info as possible. I'm looking into getting another 3.5 internal HDD to continue storing music, photos, and videos. A drive I'll be reading from and writing to often. I just did a CrystalDiskInfo and HWinfo64 test on my two 1TB HDDs... C: System drive showed a Current Pending Sector Count of 100 (data=5) D: Storage drive showed a Current Pending Sector Count of 100 and an Uncorrectable Sector Count of 100 as well (data=3) The C drive has always had about 240 GB in use. Looks like that's all I've ever needed for my system drive. The D drive always hovers around 900 GB full. I actually only want 1 or 2 TB because it's all I can afford. Questions: 1. Are my HDDs in critical conditions? 2. I've never considered this before but is there a storage size beyond which a platter based harddrive no longer functions as reliably? Is there such a thing as a HDD that's just too many terabytes before it starts suffering from overheating, long read times, physical issues, etc? 3. Is there an SSD/HDD combination I should be considering instead of just HDDs? 4. Is there a site somewhere people refer to for currently preferred brands and model numbers? 5. Any recommendations on just internal HDD brands if that's my only option? Thanks!
(PS: In the meantime, for the 2TB, I'm looking at the Seagate ST2000DM001. For the 1TB the Seagate ST1000DM003 or ST1000VX000)