Hard Drive Recommendations--not SSD drives

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I am about to build a new computer, and I need hard drive (HDD) recommendations (not SSD drives). I need hard drives to place an OS as a second boot option. I already picked up an SSD for the main OS in a dual boot system. So what would it be a good HDD for this second OS? And for storing data from my main OS. I will probably need 2 HDDs; thus, I will need to find a good pair of HDDs and a good deal too. I am undecided about how much storage I need on each HDD. Could they be 500GB or 1TB? Please, help me and thanks for comments and advice.
 

eXistenZ

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I think the price/storage ratio favors the 1TB drives. I think WD 1TB Black is good primary drive because of the 64MB cache and 5yr warranty. Another consideration would be Spinpoint F3.
 

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You can use the Caviar Blue series. I would recommend the Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 64MB Cache @ 7200RPM. Or if you are willing to pay more the same but Black. Both will serve you well for your needs.
 

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So when we say "WD Cav Black", which one do we mean:


Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive -- $119

WD1002FAEX


Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive -- $149

WD1001FALS
 

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I don't know, except from the Newegg site: the more expensive 32MB disk has an arm that is double jointed, apparently.
 

rdzona

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Yeah those prices you grabbed seem screwy, I have no idea what's going on with that arm. Anyway, I have the 64MB Sata 3 one, and it's been a really great and solid performer. Although I got it for like $90 a little over 2 years ago. But we all know why that is, but nice to see them finally approaching those same levels. Although honestly don't worry about if it's sata 2 or 3, doesn't really matter on a hdd.
 

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