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Caribou007

2 & 3 platter reliability & noise/SATA III compatibility with

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I am considering the Seagate 2TB and 3TB 7200RPM drives, (ST2000DM001)($100), (ST3000DM001)($125), and the Seagate 1TB and 2TB SSHD, (ST1000DX001)($90), (ST2000DX001)($125); or equivalent products.

Are these drives compatible with the SATA 1.5Gbit/s controller? Specifically the VIA VT8237. The drivers are generic Windows 8 drivers as this product is not supported by VIA for Windows 8.

I have heard that more platters can mean a significantly higher chance of hardware failure. Is this something I should be worried about with these drives?

How is the noise on these drives?

Because I can not get a SSD for my current system, these drives are being considered for use as system drives as well as storage drives. In a few years I will build a new system and at that time these drives will become just storage drives. Because of that I thought it makes sense to buy a 3TB drive instead of a 2TB or 1TB drive. On the other hand, I could buy a 1TB drive for 1/2 the price of a 3TB drive, and then in a few years see what I can get for the other 1/2 of the price I would have paid now.

Thank you very much.

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Don't worry about the number of platters. You may uncover some hidden issue with that old hard drive controller, but Seagate's own documentation says that they will work with 1.5Gb controllers.

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You may want to go for a 1TB or 2TB drive and with the cost savings get an add-in controller for performance reasons alone, much less not having to use generic Windows drivers.

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I had a look at the better 2TB drivers not very long ago. http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1773467

I was looking for a fast and reliable drive to use for the OS et. In the end I went for the ST2000NM0053 which is an enterprise drive with 3 platter and 5 year warranty. Not quite as fast as the 2TB Barracuda but not too far behind either and the reliability should be better.

This ST2000NM0053 is maybe not the best option if you want a quiet drive. It is in fact slightly more loud than my old Velociraptor WD3000GLFS which I now use to backup important files. One downside with the Seagate drives as far as I know is that it is not possible change AAM/APM.

Silent pc review forum could be a good place to have a look at if you want a quiet drive. But these are usually not fast. http://silentpcreview.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=7

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