500 vs 320 GB Harddisk

Hi All,

Galaxy is selling 320 GB @ 4950 and 500 GB @ 5700. now this 180 GB @ additional cost of 750 only is pretty tempting. I do not have much harddisk buying experience before. I have only bought 20GB and 80 GB so far, so i am hesitant in such huge capacity Harddisks, If they have some issues etc

Please help, suggest or guide.

no there is no problem you should definitely go for 500 GB one

Yeah just like saad said you should definitely go for 500 GB one.I haven't myself checked the prices but the small margin in prices might be because of the cache size i.e 320 and 500 both might have the same cache size resulting in higher price of 320 GB hard disk as it came with lower cache earlier.

Well this is my guess correct me if i am wrong.

yes on Galaxy same cache size 16MB is mentioned for both Models. However when i goto the Seagate website as pointed out by Galaxy it mentions 500GB has 32 MB cache. I searched the same model on Newegg it also mentioned the 32MB Cache.

Does the same model number can contain different cache sizes?

500GB is ok..but decide according to the specifications of your computer!!!!

the thing with hard drives is that how much more capacity hard drive you will buy after a few months you will certainly feel that it is too small for you especially if u have DSL, you should certainly buy the 500 GB one as there is no such thing as a hard drive with too much capacity

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500GB is ok…but decide according to the specifications of your computer!!!
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Bro what do you mean by specifications can u elaborate further

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Bro what do you mean by specifications can u elaborate further

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I think he is referring to whether if my Motherboard supports such bigger model or not. It has happened with me before, i bought the 20GB harddisk, but the prehistoric motherboard only supported maximumof 8 GB hard disk. I had to use some special on-track drivers to enable full capacity that time.

My specs are G965, E2160 and 2GB Ram

Go for 500GB with higher cache. Seagate and Western Digital are both pretty much equal.

yes go for the 500gb. i m planning same.........as my 160gb was floating out the data just after the 2 months of getting the dsl connection :) .

Also check if you have enough power supply for the hdd.

Galaxy is misrepresenting or made a booboo. They have the

500GB linked to the .11 model (with the 32MB cache) on the

Seagate website, when they are really selling the .10 model

(with the 16MB cache).

My 320 HD gets hotter than the other 3, smaller HDs, when

it's not even the principle HD in use.

It seems these high capacity HD need better cooling fans and

high wattage power supplies, in addition to supporting MoBos.

But what exactly is the cut-off point, where you NEED to up-

grade ?. I guess one can find it out the hard way, when some-

thing explodes, expires or extinguishes in there. ;)

Btw, since being on DSL, I am going through GB's like... youknow

what. I just might go for the 500GB myself. Of course, I can't put

any more SATA's on my MoBo, which only supports two-at-a-time.

Sucks.

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Sheikh 'I Need Space' Chilli

go for 500gb, if it is sata it will get more hotter then ide hd, so make sure u have adequake cooling..

also go for seagate because they are slightly more reliable

so i will better buy a casing fan also. Will standard Power Suppy support this model? I know it depends on number of components in the system, with standard components?

Why keep all the goodies on a HDD? A simpler solution would be to get a DVD writer and keep the goodies offline.

^agreed....most of the people do this thin and i guess that this is the best way..!!!

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Why keep all the goodies on a HDD? A simpler solution would be to get a DVD writer and keep the goodies offline.
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especially movies

An average DVD stores about 4.5GB and costs Rs. 70-90/-.

A 250GB HD costs Rs. 4000/-.

To put up 250 GB on DVDs, you will need at least 60 DVDs

that comes out to 4800/- average price. Add to it, the time

spent on locating the DVD with the right data (remember you

can't search items, like you would on a HD), plus the very

real prospect of a DVD getting corrupted with age and you

losing your precious data. And I am not even getting into

the whole time/effort/torture of actually putting data onto

a DVD, in our time of load-shedding and stuff.

In time, effort, sanctity of data and money, HD seems to

top the whole idea of putting stuff on DVDs. I can understand

if one had a dozen movies and wanted to put them elsewhere.

But with large amounts, we are talking hundreds of GB, the

DVD seems inadequate, with the limited amount that you can

save on one.

I would personally love an alternative to HDs.

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Sheikh 'Overloaded' Chilli

I recommend you check the performance benchmarks of each HDD before going for one. From all the budget HDDs listed at the galaxy website, I would rate the "320GB 3.5" HDD SATA II 7200RPM (1+2 YEARS) 16MB Cache (WD3200AAKS)" as the finest of them all. It will cost you 4500rs from galaxy but performance wise, it will be better than the 500gb counter-part which will cost you 5850. Albeit, if you aren't extremely obsessed with performance, then you can always go with the 500gb one.

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An average DVD stores about 4.5GB and costs Rs. 70-90/-.

A 250GB HD costs Rs. 4000/-.

To put up 250 GB on DVDs, you will need at least 60 DVDs

that comes out to 4800/- average price. Add to it, the time

spent on locating the DVD with the right data (remember you

can’t search items, like you would on a HD), plus the very

real prospect of a DVD getting corrupted with age and you

losing your precious data. And I am not even getting into

the whole time/effort/torture of actually putting data onto

a DVD, in our time of load-shedding and stuff.

In time, effort, sanctity of data and money, HD seems to

top the whole idea of putting stuff on DVDs. I can understand

if one had a dozen movies and wanted to put them elsewhere.

But with large amounts, we are talking hundreds of GB, the

DVD seems inadequate, with the limited amount that you can

save on one.

I would personally love an alternative to HDs.

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Sheikh ‘Overloaded’ Chilli

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a DVD these days costs 20 Rs (bulk price, some may even cost 12-15) . That will get you around 200 dvds with 960 gb of storage. almost 3.8 times the storage capacity of 250gb HD.

As far as the DVD data corruption is concerned, HD’s also have a tendency to die. With a DVD, not all of them can die at the same time i.e. not putting all the eggs in one basket.