I'm currently designing a PC and I wondered if you could help me chose which hard drive to use, My requirements are: 1. High Speed 2. Large cache 3. Reliable 4. Good Quality 3. Low cost - it must be cheap but not bad quality cheap.
I don't mind terribly on size but i would like it to be in the 250GB - 500GB range/
Bravo2Red, I'd go for the one you linked to. If you need greater cache, it makes sense to go for a 500Gb or greater HD - Seagate Barracuda 500GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s click here (Need UK sites? Please let us know).
If you want a 'faster' drive, it'll need to be a WD Raptor/VelociRaptor, but these are very expensive comparatively e.g. click here (I personally wouldn't recommended them because of the bloated cost & poor price-performance ratio).
There are even 'faster' SCSI drives that are rated at 15000rpm, but probably not worth the expensive/hassle, as in reality they're probably not that fast after all click here.
If you're not too fussed with size - i.e. just something for the OS - a 36Gb Raptor could be had from eBay for a relative bargain. G
P.S. I've read that those Samsung F1s are experiencing a high failure rate. Could be because they're selling a lot / a coincidence / a faulty design. Some people wouldn't touch Maxtor because they're supposed to fail more often than other drives. But I've had 4 & never experienced a problem. You get others who won't touch a certain brand because they've experienced a failure with it. The fact is that ALL hard drives fail at some point, & that's why it's so important to BACKUP regularly & NOT rely on any drive because they're supposed to be 'reliable' or whatever.