View Full Version : Anyone seen a 1TB HDD comparison

07-15-2007, 07:56 PM
It is time to buy a backup drive for the new computer. I currently have a WDC MyBook Pro Edition II which is a reasonably priced (< US$400) and very fast. The only problem is when it warms up the fan sounds like a jet engine rev'ing up for a takeoff. What I'd like to do is use that drive for backup and replace it with a quiet drive for everyday use. Problem is, how do I find one? There are several on the market for < US$400, but I have no way to compare speed, noise levels, etc. Has anyone seen an up-to-date comparison of 1TB drives currently available?

07-19-2007, 11:54 PM
WD has released a firmware update to adjust the fan behavior to improve acoustics while maintaining ideal operating temperature on the My Book Pro Edition II and My Book Premium Edition II Dual-drive Storage Systems.

Did you download and install that update?

- My Book Pro/Premium II Firmware Update - Mac

07-20-2007, 03:48 PM
I was going to buy the new 1TB NAS from LaCie, at only $270 it's a heck of a bargain, but I decided against it because of the higher probability of failure because the 1TB is made up of (2) 500GB drives striped.

Don't want to tempt fate.

07-27-2007, 07:47 AM
Has anyone seen an up-to-date comparison of 1TB drives currently available?

You haven't seen any comparisons because there's only one 1TB drive readily available at this time...the Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 (http://www.hitachigst.com/portal/site/en/menuitem.8027a91c954924ae4bda9f30eac4f0a0/) which has a three-year warranty.

Seagate is to ship a 1TB drive with five-year warranty in the late-3rd/early-4th quarter of this year and that should drive the $355 (street) price of the Hitachi down a bit. Plus, Western Digital just announced their "GreenPower" 1TB drive will ship in the 3rd quarter of this year...green denoting a drive with a lower power consumption than the two competitors.

Many reviews of the Hitachi drive on the 'net, Tom's Hardware (http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/04/17/hitachi_7k1000_terabyte_hard_drive/) has one of the more comprehensive ones.

I've got four of the Hitachi drives in a RAID array and have been very pleased with them. Smooth, quiet and fast. They format at 931.4GB.