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Help me choose old HDD

Discussion in 'Storage' started by JunkBear, Jul 5, 2014.

  1. JunkBear

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    Hi.

    I have to build 2 computers. One for selling and one for me.
    I have 2 hdd here that are flawless:

    Western Digital WD3200AAKS
    320GB 7200RPM 16MB
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136074
    and
    Samsung Spinpoint SP2504C
    250GB 7200RPM 8M
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152025

    In theory the WD is faster due to higher cache and have more capacity. The Samsung is more silent.

    Which one is more reliable in long term? I am never using more than 150GB in a hdd so capacity does not really matter.

    Thank you guys.
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  2. icmk New Member

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    Check the SMART attribute, e.g., reallocated sector count, power on hours, power cycle count, etc. Drives that are older and/or have reallocated sectors are statistically more likely to fail, but the correlation is not strong enough for SMART to be a reliable indicator of whether one drive is going to be more reliable than another in the long term... But it beats (well, maybe) flipping a coin.
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    Is noise important, the samsung. Otherwise I'd take the WD because the size. If that truly does not matter, what icmk says.
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    I tested them with HDD tune and they are fine.
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    You need to look at the actual SMART values.

    If you have 1 drive with Power-On Hours value of 70 and another with 40, while both may pass all the diagnostic tests out there, the one with the 40 value may statistically be more likely to fail in the future because it's been run for longer hours.
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    It doesn't matter
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    Samsung have often proven to be more reliable than WD in reliability for me, but with warranty coverage considered as well as performance you would want the WD instead.

    In this case you would have to choose between potential reliability and warranty value with performance so clearly the WD is the most likely winner unless you really love Samsung HDDs whole heartedly.

    If it were me I would get rid of both HDDs and go all out with a Samsung M8 1TB HDD.
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    Thank you .. .but you are not me and I am the type of guy that don't buy things when I already have. ;) I am going for the Samsung finally. Persons know more western Digital so it's easier to sale back the computer.

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