Replacing 320gb Baracuda 7200.11 drives - worth it? Caviar Black? 7200.12?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Sean Dempsey, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. Sean Dempsey macrumors 68000

    Sean Dempsey

    Aug 7, 2006
    I want to replace my 3 year old drives before it's too late.

    I have about 200 gigs of data, split between a pair of Seagate Baracuda 7200rpm drives I bought 3 years ago.

    I am thinking on going with a single 500 gig drive for my data, and I can't decide between a Caviar Black, or a Baracuda 7200.12.

    I have read that the Caviar Black have incredible performance, , but only for the 1TB since it has 3 platters.

    How do the 500gig models compare between WD and Seagate? I just don't have the need for more. My OS and Apps are on the SSD at 23 gigs, and all the rest of my work/personal files take up about 200 gigs.

    Which is going to be better, the Black, or the Baracuda? 500 gig models only.
  2. WardC macrumors 68030


    Oct 17, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    I have two Seagate 1TB 7200rpm Barracudas, setup in a RAID 0 and I love them! Great drives! very fast, and very quiet. They are the Barracuda LP drives with the 32MB cache.
  3. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    I have owned both . buy the western digital 1tb and short stroked them at 500gb. they will run faster that way. I cannot be any more clear then this western digital has the easiest rma program for usa owners and a 5 year warranty.

    use fall15 for a 15% discount

    if you insist on 500 gb use fall15 and get 15% off

    this is why I don not buy seagate

    If your Seagate or Maxtor-brand product was sold directly to an Original Equipment Manufacturer (by contractual agreement with Seagate or pre-purchase Maxtor), the OEM holds all warranty rights and responsibilities for the system. The warranty is not transferable. If your product was sold to an authorized distributor, reseller, or retailer, they are the best resources to obtain warranty replacement.

    OEMs and authorized distributors purchase products directly from Seagate through our world-wide sales offices. Distribution channel partners, such as resellers and retailers, typically purchase products from Seagate authorized distributors. End-users are supplied by resellers and retailers.


    What is an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)?

    A manufacturer that sells equipment to a reseller (or distributor) for re-branding or re-packaging. The term OEM refers to most any computer component that is re-packaged as part of a complete system. Some examples are personal computers, workstations, or file servers sold by Dell, Compaq, Gateway, and IBM for example.

    Thus, an example of an OEM hard drive is a Barracuda 7200.11 300 GB hard drive that was originally purchased as part of a Dell PC, from Dell. That drive could be removed from the PC and later sold - again - as a separate product. The drive label still says "Seagate" on it, but it is actually Dell's original property, and any warranty must be claimed through Dell.

    What is a Value Added Reseller - VAR, or System Integrator (S/I)?

    A VAR or S/I is an organization that adds value to a system and resells it. For example, a reseller could purchase a CPU and peripherals from different vendors, graphics software from another, and package it all together as a specialized CAD system. VARs typically repackage products. They may include programs they have developed themselves. The terms VAR and ISV are often used interchangeably.

    To obtain warranty service for your OEM product, please contact the system manufacturer or your place of purchase.

    You can find additional information on our warranty policies at our Warranty Services Page.

    Sometimes sellers do this and you can get stuck. with western digital this is not going to happen.

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