Hard drive choice - RPM and other features

  Jerbearr 21:13 22 Jul 2010

The choices I have are:
1)500GB 5400RPM 8MB Cache Buffer (Serial-ATA II 3GB/s)

2)320GB 7200RPM WD or Seagate (Serial-ATA II 3GB/s)

But I don't really know what anything means.
Ignore capacity for now. Both are adequate.
RPM I'm guessing just determines access speed.

Cache buffer? Also speed I guess.

Considering the 2nd choice is $35 more (say £20), what would you recommend? Is the 2nd choice a vast improvement over the 1st, etc?

Thanks for your time.

  AL47 21:37 22 Jul 2010

The Samsung f3 is meant to be the best but I'm no fan of Samsung

For a boot dtive you probably want a 7200rpm.. I have a 10000 rpm for example

For backup/storage a 5400 is probably best..

WD and seagate are the only brands I buy

  Jerbearr 23:29 22 Jul 2010

Well it's for a laptop so it'll be the main (only) drive.
Will the difference between the two be noticeable? Even in spite of the 8MB cache whatever?

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