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Is Seagate Momentus XT HDD worth putting in this desktop PC?


Batch

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HDD on my desktop PC (Hitachi Deskstar 160GB Sata with 8GB cache) is failing, have switched to an old 80GB IDE for time being. So looking at a new HDD.

Two possibilities come to mind:

Something like a Samsung 1TB F3 7200rpm 32MB cache for around £40 or a Seagate Momentus XT 250GB (ample GB for me) 7200rpm 32MB with a 4GB NAND persistent read cache for about £72.

The Samsung would be an improvement on my old Hitachi anyhow. But am wondering if the Seagate would be worth a punt (bearing in mind that the PC is a 3.2GHz P4, 800MHz FSB, 533Mhz DDR2), or whether the extra performance of this drive would be wasted on such a PC? Allied to this is whether the Seagate disk (which is a 2.5 inch form factor) is inherently inferior (performance wise) to a 3.5 inch form factor drive?

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gengiscant

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Use the F3, but may I suggest that having only one drive is asking for trouble if you have everything in the one place. Better a couple of 500GB with the second drive backing up the first.

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Batch

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Thanks gengiscant. I'd pretty much already come to that conclusion (in fact have opted for the 500GB F3, for about £33 as it is more than enough for my needs).

No worries on the B/U front. I'm a belt and braces kind of guy (aka paranoia). Have 2 external HDDs for B/Us (one kept in a firesafe), plus key data replicated on pen drives (including one in the boot of my car). Oh, did I mention about the paranoia?

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