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Chad Johnson
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May 19, 2011 - 10:39 am
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I typically approach hard drive purchases in this order of priority:

1) Capacity - how much space do I need?
2) Form Factor - SATA / IDE / SCSI - what am I looking for?
3) RPMs - how fast is the drive? The faster the drive, the faster the data comes off of it.
4) Warranty - how much support do I get and for how long?

I don't get hung up on brands because you can find horror stories for all brands and good stories for all.
Cache size I've never worried about - only ensuring that it has cache. It has been my experience that the difference between 32M and 64M are negligible when all other factors are equal.

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Thanks for that insight Ziggie, was told by a retailer that if the spin speed is slower ie 5900 rpm compared to 7200 rpm the HDD lasts longer because the slower the spin the less heat is generated and the download speed is also faster which did not sound right to me that's why I wanted to get more advice about the matter.[/quote:6fajokzo]
Umm....maybe. Slower speed could mean lower heat. But it leads to prolonged activity so it's not as hot for longer. As to whether the HDD lasts longer -- there are so many variables and heat is just one of them.

And download speeds faster? Can't see that one happening.

Happy to help.

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