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500gb Single Platter Drive


I know that hitachi, wd and samsung have 500gb platters in there bigger drives but does anyone offer a 500gb drive with a single platter yet?

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St31000528as Only Two Platter 1tb Drive

I'm kinda new on evaluating hard drives when purchasing them and recently discovered the advantage of looking more than size when deciding between hard drives. After owning a wd6400aaks i want to constrain myself to "two platter" drives for the reliability and cool operation advantage. Not counting that higher density platter means more performance. Then i was surprised when looking for 1tb, two platter, 7200rpm drive and only found the seagate st31000528as (7200. 12). Is it the only one?

I think i will wait for the spinpoint f3 recently announced by samsung to make my purchase decision in this "category", but i would love to have a choice by western digital. Even if wd only have 640 gb when counting only two platter drives. I would love to see a performance comparison between one wd6400xxxx and a st31000528as. Does anybody have a link comparing this two drives side by side?

From more than 10 reviews that i have check, none have compared this "two platter" drives in the same review.


Posted On: 08-03-2009, 07:25 PM . View Related Posts . . View 7 Replies .

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I'd really hate to have to reinstall all my stuff and vista. It isn't like ram or a video card which you can pop in and be set with a replacement in a hour. But if this just means the drive will flat out die in a few months, then i'll replace it. Of course, i have backed up most of my important data onto dvds. What do you all recommend?


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What im wanting to do is create a raid array out of those 2 spinning disks just for data storage. Likely 3 partitons, which would be a total of little over 1100gb. After i install win7 on the ssd. I was thinking maybe like 35gb partition for the docs/temp/page file (i moved all temp, and pagefile off the ssd). 400gb partition for games
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