Can't decide. AAKS AALS or 7200.12?

Skillz'n Magic

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My 37GB Raptor is finally dying. While it's still under warranty, I'm not going to put it back in my main rig as my primary drive. I'm torn on what to buy but think I have it limited to 3 options.

WD6401AALS, WD6400AAKS, or a new Seagate 7200.12 drive.

The Seagates are new and I can't find any solid comparisons against the WD's. If I were to buy right now I would get the AALS. I'm looking to spend $75 -$100. Is this the best option in my price range?

What do you guys recommend? Is there a drive not on my list I should look at?
 

phr0m

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the seagates have the highest current densities for a 7200 rpm drive (500 gb platter) which should give them a little bit of an edge in single drive performance. There was a review that i saw that had the 1 tb 7200.12 compared to the 1 tb WD aals, but i think the raid 0 performance was mainly compared and the WD's had better numbers for load times...... but these where also the 1tb version. I think the 500 gb seagate for a single drive will give the best performance
 

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There's a 1TB AALS?

I'm partial to WD. I have two WD6400AAKS drives myself, one with my OS. The WD6400AALS has slightly better performance with 32MB cache.
 

Skillz'n Magic

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I saw those horrible random access times for the 7200.12 in MaximumPC, wasn't sure if they were valid though.

I should have specified that I don't have the cash to drop on a VelociRaptor. :( I'm looking at the $75 - $100 range.
 

nitrobass24

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AALS for me right now.
too many problems with seagates as of late, and WD been treating me good lately no problems in quite a long.(that wasnt my fault at least):D
 

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I saw those horrible random access times for the 7200.12 in MaximumPC, wasn't sure if they were valid though.

I should have specified that I don't have the cash to drop on a VelociRaptor. :( I'm looking at the $75 - $100 range.

Yeah I know I was only joking with Velo.
I got AAKS personally but have no idea how it compares to AALS (someone should shoot WD for their naming scheme)
 

nitrobass24

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Yeah I know I was only joking with Velo.
I got AAKS personally but have no idea how it compares to AALS (someone should shoot WD for their naming scheme)

Whats wrong with their naming scheme?

Seagate should be shot, for theirs.
Can you tell the difference between these seagate products? *Without looking it up*

ST31000533CS
ST310005N1A1AS-RK
ST31000333AS
ST31000340SV

In case you were wondering these are all 1tb 7200rpm HDD's with 32mb cache.

Thats confusing.
At least WD is slightly decipherable.
 
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Whats wrong with their naming scheme?

Seagate should be shot, for theirs.
Can you tell the difference between these seagate products? *Without looking it up*

ST31000533CS
ST310005N1A1AS-RK
ST31000333AS
ST31000340SV

In case you were wondering these are all 1tb 7200rpm HDD's with 32mb cache.

Thats confusing.
At least WD is slightly decipherable.

Pretty sure but not 100 percent:

500GB platter 7200.12:
ST31000533CS

500GB platter retail kit
ST310005N1A1AS-RK

333 GB platter 7200.11
ST31000333AS

250 GB platter 7200.11
ST31000340SV
 

nitrobass24

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Pretty sure but not 100 percent:

500GB platter 7200.12:
ST31000533CS

500GB platter retail kit
ST310005N1A1AS-RK

333 GB platter 7200.11
ST31000333AS

250 GB platter 7200.11
ST31000340SV

I can look up the differences too, my point was you cant just look at it and be able to tell what line it is without looking it up.
 

nitrobass24

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The 640's are slightly faster, but its only noticeable on benches as the differences are so slight.
 
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I can look up the differences too, my point was you cant just look at it and be able to tell what line it is without looking it up.

Well sure if you aren't familiar with seagates models. I have thousands of seagate drives at work and I actually did that totally based on memory without looking up otherwise I would have said 'almost 100 percent sure' instead of 'not 100 percent sure' but I will admit their naming scheme is not user friendly.
 

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Seagate should be shot, for theirs.
Can you tell the difference between these seagate products? *Without looking it up*

ST31000533CS
ST310005N1A1AS-RK
ST31000333AS
ST31000340SV

In case you were wondering these are all 1tb 7200rpm HDD's with 32mb cache.

Thats confusing.

Let's see, off the top of my head...
-CS is the pro series for streaming media (way to be confusing with WD's CS which is the low power series). I'm not terribly familiar with these, but I've seen them on the Seagate roadmaps.
-I assume A1AS is some sort of spinoff of the regular AS series (normal desktop drives). RK indicates retail kit so it's possible it is just a normal AS drive in a retail package.
-AS is the normal 7200 desktop series.
-SV indicates its from the SV35 series which is a 24/7 operation series optimized for video surveillance streaming (SV = streaming video).
-NS (not on your list but worth mentioning) are the "enterprise" SATA drives (probably the most commonly sold line of drives here at work).

I haven't a clue about what drives have what size platters and I do agree that Seagate should be shot for their terrible naming scheme. ;)
 

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Thanks for all the feedback. For $5 more I'm going to go with the AALS.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319


Gotta order it today so I can have it for this weekend. :p

Thanks again.

Good choice.

While I have used Seagate drives in the past with no problems, they have had some QC issues in the last year that would make me hesitant to buy their drives right now. I have switched to SSD's for my OS drives, but I own several WD 1TB GP drives for storage, and have been mostly happy with them. 1 if the 4 was DOA, but ZZF RMA'd it with no issues.

Don
 

Skillz'n Magic

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They delivered my drive today! :eek: I'm looking very much forward to not having to install games on a separate HDD anymore. :p

Thanks again for your suggestions.
 
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