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Old 07-23-2012, 12:08 AM   #11
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Depends on your needs and budget. I've always had solid results with Seagate drives. I've had mixed results with Western Digital and poor results with Maxtor (are they even around anymore??). If you're not in need of a lot of space on the drive, I'd look at getting a SSD drive now. You can go up to 256GB and stay under about $350-$400 these days (not possible even a year ago). The 128GB size might be more in your budget. Look at the Plextor models as well as those from Intel, and OCZ (Vertex 4 and Agility 4 line). IMO, better to spend a few dollars more to get a better drive now than need to replace it yet again later. Doing that, you end up spending more (going cheaper now) in the long run. Plus, do you really want to go through this yet again??

I plan on installing a new SSD drive into my main computer (a Dell Precision Workstation 490) shortly after I move. I might install some hybrid drives (from Seagate) for mass storage in the system too. That way I can have a good amount of scratch space and reduce the electrical use of the tower, and maybe make it a bit quieter (already pretty quiet)...
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Old 07-23-2012, 12:10 AM   #12
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Depends on your needs and budget. I've always had solid results with Seagate drives. I've had mixed results with Western Digital and poor results with Maxtor (are they even around anymore??). If you're not in need of a lot of space on the drive, I'd look at getting a SSD drive now. You can go up to 256GB and stay under about $350-$400 these days (not possible even a year ago). The 128GB size might be more in your budget. Look at the Plextor models as well as those from Intel, OCZ (Vertex 4 and Agility 4 line).
I need to be under $100 on the drive, for beering reasons
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Old 07-23-2012, 12:14 AM   #13
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I need to be under $100 on the drive, for beering reasons
128GB OCZ Agility 4 drive then... $95 (free shipping with Amazon Prime membership).

Or a 500GB Seagate Momentus XT drive.
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Old 07-23-2012, 12:22 AM   #14
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a quick look turned up some negative info on OCZ drives, it seems firmware updates are a problem plaguing the line. I do love amazon prime, if the drive i order doesn't fix the problem back it goes to amazon.
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Old 07-23-2012, 12:30 AM   #15
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I've been focusing more on IOPS, or MBps rates for the larger drives. I've also been looking more at Intel and the higher end OCZ drives for myself.

IMO, you'll almost always have someone putting up negative reviews of drives. I look more at how many good reviews does it get over a span of time. Plus, how difficult is it to get the drive to the stable firmware level before starting to use it.

A quick glance at the Vertex 4 comments shows more positive results. Someone whining about how the spec's are listed, or not working with a Mac, shouldn't even be allowed. I actually count it not working well with mac's a positive thing.
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Old 07-23-2012, 12:34 AM   #16
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i do hate macs, how dare the apple IIe have been the first computer I used.

looking at this one
http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-Industrys-...s=ocz+vertex+4
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Old 07-23-2012, 12:35 AM   #17
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the 5 year warranty sounds good as well.
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i do hate macs, how dare the apple IIe have been the first computer I used.

looking at this one
http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-Industrys-...s=ocz+vertex+4
I was going to post that one, but you put your budget at under $100... If you can handle the little higher price, I'd go for it.

The read performance on the drive will give you great results. The write performance isn't as good, but that shouldn't matter so much. Besides, it will most likely be better than what the spindle drive you're replacing gave you.

I got exposed to Mac's during college (graphic design major, art college). I was using them all through that career, and supported them during the first few years of my IT career. Now that I'm a VMware Admin, I don't need to get even close to any apple hardware. In fact, you couldn't give me an ipad, laptop or desktop from them. If you did, I'd turn around and sell it to some poor sod and use that money to get a good system, that I can actually USE...
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Old 07-23-2012, 12:54 AM   #19
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a couple bucks is worth it if its something that works that well. I have external hard drives for storage if need be so a 128 gb drive might work out just fine. my thinkpad has a cd/ hard drive bay expansion option so I could always just throw something in there.

looks like I'll try the vertex 4. thanks for the advice.
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I also have a good amount of additional storage, outside of my main system. I have a NAS with almost 4TB of space (only has 1.12TB free right now). Plus several TB of space on external drives. Having a BD burner in my tower means I can backup around 25GB of information at one time.

Next laptop I get will have a SSD in it (128GB or 256GB, don't need more). I have more thumb drives that I can use to transfer information, or store off of the laptop. I use those for my tablets, since they don't have as much space on them (32GB or 64GB in either).
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