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Best hard drive for my situation? Where to look to find what is best?

What is the best place to look for specs that are easy to compare when looking for a hard drive? I know that there is CPU benchmark and GPU benchmark which make it extremely easy to find out what CPU is the best to look into for research and possibly purchasing. But, is there a place that i should go in order to find out what hard drive i should get, i am looking for the most storage that i can get around 100-200$, which seems like the 2 to 4TB area is there. But often times with other components there is a sweet spot for storage to dollar. I see that there is an option to go gigabyte per dollar in pcpartpicker and i did that and it looks that the 3TB range is the best with the odd 8TB drive but i am not looking to spend 300$ on a hard drive. I also saw a review where the failure rate was extremely high for 3TB Seagate drives and WD drives compared to Hitachi drives. Is there a solid recommendation for a drive or two hard drives that would give me the most storage per dollar , i should also add that i already have an SSD to boot from so this storage doesnt need to be very fast it only has to be reliable. That brings up another thing that i was wondering about was the Western Digital Red drives, they are said to be for NAS does this mean that they would not be good drives for inside my computer as a mostly storage device?

Also if you know of a drive combination that would be better to get two or three of the smaller drives in order to equal the capacity of a larger drive i would be happy with that as it would fill up the drive cage that i have installed as long as it does not cost more than a single drive or equivalent price or less.

Thanks for the help in advance,

Jason H
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  1. 1. What will this drive be used for?
    2. What are your size requirements?
    3. Will this be the only drive?
    4. What size is your current SSD?
  2. while it doesn't cover every drive under the sun if what you are interested in is simple reliability for traditional HDD under harsh usage this is basically the best report available. Current champ is the HGST Deskstar line. https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-drive-reliability-q4-2015/
  3. USAFRet said:
    1. What will this drive be used for?
    2. What are your size requirements?
    3. Will this be the only drive?
    4. What size is your current SSD?


    1. The drive will be used for mass storage and backups of the SSD, windows, images, movies, ACAD renderings, and other projects that either dont fit onto the main SSD like some larger games, and other things that i want in a safer less volatile place away from viruses.

    2. I would prefer the drive to be a standard HDD 3.5" Drive

    3. This will be the third drive in the system as i already have an ADATA SSD 240GB as my main and boot drive, and a seagate 2TB Barracuda that is getting full.

    4. Current SSD 240GB possibly adding another 240GB SSD in the near future.
  4. why_wolf said:
    while it doesn't cover every drive under the sun if what you are interested in is simple reliability for traditional HDD under harsh usage this is basically the best report available. Current champ is the HGST Deskstar line. https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-drive-reliability-q4-2015/


    Thanks for the link that is very helpful!
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    jasonhickman17 said:
    USAFRet said:
    1. What will this drive be used for?
    2. What are your size requirements?
    3. Will this be the only drive?
    4. What size is your current SSD?


    1. The drive will be used for mass storage and backups of the SSD, windows, images, movies, ACAD renderings, and other projects that either dont fit onto the main SSD like some larger games, and other things that i want in a safer less volatile place away from viruses.

    2. I would prefer the drive to be a standard HDD 3.5" Drive

    3. This will be the third drive in the system as i already have an ADATA SSD 240GB as my main and boot drive, and a seagate 2TB Barracuda that is getting full.

    4. Current SSD 240GB possibly adding another 240GB SSD in the near future.


    Then a WD Blue in your size requirement, or a Seagate.
    Not really a lot of difference.

    (just stay away from the 3TB Seagate)
  6. USAFRet said:


    Then a WD Blue in your size requirement, or a Seagate.
    Not really a lot of difference.

    (just stay away from the 3TB Seagate)


    Thanks for the help i will keep my eye out for sales, so the Seagate Barracuda Drives are good as well? or another model of seagate drive?

    I found the 4TB seagate desktop drive for 169 http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=212&item_id=057970 compared to the WD at about 20 bucks more but is this 5900RPM going to be unbearably slow when it comes to storage or am i not going to notice it as i am not using that drive for anything other than storing items


  7. I was wondering, you said stay away from the 3 TB version of the Seagate drive yet all of the reviews on newegg are about each of these drive sizes failing, should i just completely steer clear of Seagate Barracuda (Desktop) Hard Drives?
  8. jasonhickman17 said:


    I was wondering, you said stay away from the 3 TB version of the Seagate drive yet all of the reviews on newegg are about each of these drive sizes failing, should i just completely steer clear of Seagate Barracuda (Desktop) Hard Drives?



    From BackBlaze: https://www.backblaze.com/blog/3tb-hard-drive-failure/
    "While this particular 3TB model had a painfully high rate of failure, subsequent Seagate models such as their 4TB drive, model: ST4000DM000, are performing well with an annualized 2014 failure rate of just 2.6% as of December 31, 2014. These drives come with 3-year warranties and show no signs of hitting the wall. "

    Further: https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-drive-reliability-q4-2015/
  9. USAFRet said:
    jasonhickman17 said:


    I was wondering, you said stay away from the 3 TB version of the Seagate drive yet all of the reviews on newegg are about each of these drive sizes failing, should i just completely steer clear of Seagate Barracuda (Desktop) Hard Drives?



    From BackBlaze: https://www.backblaze.com/blog/3tb-hard-drive-failure/
    "While this particular 3TB model had a painfully high rate of failure, subsequent Seagate models such as their 4TB drive, model: ST4000DM000, are performing well with an annualized 2014 failure rate of just 2.6% as of December 31, 2014. These drives come with 3-year warranties and show no signs of hitting the wall. "

    Further: https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-drive-reliability-q4-2015/


    Oh, okay thanks! I should also know this from experience as the two 2TB Seagate Drives that i currently have are running "A" Okay since i got them about 3 years or so ago.

    Jason H
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