Sunday, December 9, 2012

Thinking of replacing the drive setup

I currently have the following drive setup in my PC.

  • OS/Application (including games):
    • Kingston HyperX 120GB SSD
  • Data/Work:
    • 2x Samsung HD103SJ 1TB 7200RPM drives in RAID-0
  • Backup:
    • Samsung HD204UI 2TB 5400RPM drive

I was thinking about replacing all of them with larger drives which might even give better performance (especially, random access performance). Not to mention, the RAID-0 setup is twice as probable to go kaput than a single drive setup.

I have the following drives in mind.

  • OS/Application (including games):
    • Samsung 830 series 256GB SSD
  • Data/Work:
    • Toshiba DT01ACA300 3TB 7200RPM 1TB/platter drive or
    • Seagate ST3000DM001 3TB 7200RPM 1TB/platter drive
  • Backup:
    • Western Digital Green WD30EZRX-1TBP 3TB 5400RPM 1TB/platter drive

I’m going with the Samsung 830 series, even though the 840 series is already out, because there has been some firmware related problems with the 840 drives. 840 is not much of an upgrade over the 830, but 840 Pro is. However, pricing wise, 830 and 840 are both around about same price, but 840 Pro is about 40% more expensive. Really wish I could get the 840 Pro, but it is not only too expensive, but also not reliable enough. I would go with the proven drive.

The Toshiba DT01ACA300 drive seems to be fastest 7200RPM drive out there. It is made by Hitachi, even though they don’t make a similar Hitachi branded drive. How funny is that? Hitachi has 1TB/platter drive series called Deskstar 7K1000.C, but those drives are only available in maximum size of 1TB. Seagate ST3000DM001 drive is not a dud either, but looks like it is slower than the Toshiba. However, availability of the Toshiba drive is a concern.

Since I am not certain which is the better drive out of the two, I opened up threads at overclock.net] and techpowerup.com. Check them out if you are also in the same boat.

Either way I am not 100% sure if I will go with this plan.

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