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    Post Which HD solution is better?

    Is it better to get

    1 3.5" http://store.westerndigital.com/product.asp?sku=2622727 (320GB total using 9.00 watts)
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    2-3 2.5" http://store.westerndigital.com/product.asp?sku=2593542 (160GB to 240GB using 5.00 to 7.50 watts)

    One uses less watts but then has 3 drives whereas the other one is one big drive.

    Which one would you say is better? I plan to store music, movies, and other files on the computer.

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    2.5" hard drives can handle more shock, but don't have as much storage capacity. I would recommend a 3.5" drive if you want the storage space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrLister
    Is it better to get

    1 3.5" http://store.westerndigital.com/product.asp?sku=2622727 (320GB total using 9.00 watts)
    or
    2-3 2.5" http://store.westerndigital.com/product.asp?sku=2593542 (160GB to 240GB using 5.00 to 7.50 watts)

    One uses less watts but then has 3 drives whereas the other one is one big drive.

    Which one would you say is better? I plan to store music, movies, and other files on the computer.
    I don't think it matters much, if at all.
    I also don't know what you mean when you say that one consumes less watts but is three drives? That makes no sense whatsoever.

    Some have said that 2.5" drives (designed for laptops) are better because of their resistance to shock and whatnot. That may very well be true, but there are a lot of others that use only a 3.5" drive (designed for a desktop) and have had no problems whatsoever.

    Also, keep in mind that the 2.5" drive requires a an adapter (like this) to connect to a standard IDE cable.
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    If you need the storage, just go for the 3.5".

    It's not like you're going to save any space by using the 2.5" drives, in fact you may cause yourself more of a headache because (depending on your enclosure) you have to accomodate more drives. And wattage-wise you'll wind up consuming more with multiple 2.5" drives as opposed to one 3.5" as well..

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    what kind of power supply will you be using? If there's any chance your 12v rail will be the slightest bit unstable (i.e. using an ITPS) then go with a laptop drive.

    I always use laptop components simply because they consume less power and I get the most out of my supply.
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    Why not use a small laptop drive in the main case for the OS and applications and keep all of your music and movies on external USB laptop drives that you can easily take with you?

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    that's not a bad idea but as I recall a number of people have issues with USB devices flaking out after hibernate/standby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shakes
    that's not a bad idea but as I recall a number of people have issues with USB devices flaking out after hibernate/standby.
    Still? I thought that was supposed to be cleaned up with SP2. I haven't tried it recently.

    I figured I'd be taking mine into work with me or whatever so I could listen to it on my laptop, but I guess that would be a PITA to have to unplug it and plug it back in if you just stopped to run into the store or something...

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