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Which 3Tb Internal HD Should I Buy (Under $300)?

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Hi! I am a new member to the Storage Review Forum. I wanted to solicit advice on the best performing 3 Tb internal SATA hard drive for under $300. After quickly looking through some previous reviews, it appears that the Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 may be my best option. I will be using it with an Intel 2600K and Asus P8P67 Deluxe motherboard. It will be used to store iTunes mp3 and AAC files. I have had performance issues in the past with using iTunes to manage large music collections, so performance is the most important factor in choosing a good internal hard drive. Thanks in advance for your advice!

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The good and bad news is that you have only two choices, the Hitachi you referenced or the Barracuda XT 3TB.

The Hitachi does edge out the Seagate in a few areas, but from what I see, the Seagate is a heck of a lot cheaper, $100 or more less on NE -

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148736&Tpk=barracuda%203tb

I don't think the Hitachi offers enough gains to justify the extra cost.

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The good and bad news is that you have only two choices, the Hitachi you referenced or the Barracuda XT 3TB.

The Hitachi does edge out the Seagate in a few areas, but from what I see, the Seagate is a heck of a lot cheaper, $100 or more less on NE -

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148736&Tpk=barracuda%203tb

I don't think the Hitachi offers enough gains to justify the extra cost.

Thanks for your advice Brian. Here is the Newegg web link for the Hitachi 3Tb internal hard drives: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=hitachi+3tb+internal&x=0&y=0

As you can see, the Hitachi Deskstar 3Tb is only $179.99, which is $50 less than the Barracuda XT 3Tb. You may have been looking at the Hitachi Ultrastar drive, which is $349.99 and includes a 5-year warrantee. It looks like the specs for the Deskstar and Ultrastar are identical. Therefore, since the Deskstar is cheaper and faster than the Barracuda XT, it looks like the Deskstar is the hands-down winner (unless you need and are willing to pay for a 5-year warrantee).

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