Top Internal Terabyte Hard Drives

Written by:  • Edited by: Tricia Goss
Published Aug 14, 2008
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If you’re looking to replace a current hard drive, or if you’re building a new machine and want to have 1TB capacity, this guide is for you. It will discuss the top 1TB internal SATA hard drives available for your desktop PC.

How this guide works

This guide will list the top four internal 1TB internal hard drives for a desktop PC. If you’re familiar with my previous guides, there is no particular order in which these hard drives are listed. Of course, you may notice that the list is a little bit light. The reason for that being that there are only a few manufacturers at the moment who produce internal 1TB drives.

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11

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Features

  • 5 year warranty
  • Easy to install
  • 32MB buffer
  • Rapid data-access time; one of the fastest around
  • Light on power consumption
  • Competitive pricing

Drawbacks

  • Virus scanning on the disk takes a little longer in comparison to other 1TB drives

Western Digital Caviar GreenPower

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Costs roughly: $245

Features

  • 3 year warranty
  • Designed to consume less power but without sacrificing productivity

Drawbacks

  • Buffer is only 16MB. It’s not bad, but the Seagate drive contains double by comparison
  • Data-access time is slower compared to other hard drives
  • Gets a little noisy at times
  • A tad expensive

Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000

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Costs roughly: $210

Features

  • 3 year warranty
  • One of the first 1TB hard drives available
  • 32MB buffer
  • Performs well under virus scan

Drawbacks

  • Data-access rate is slower compared to other drives, but is mostly steady

Samsung HD103UJ SpinPoint F

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Costs roughly: $230

Features

  • Solid data-access rate
  • One of the faster performing hard drives currently on the market
  • Performs with little noise; very quiet

Drawbacks

  • 1 year warranty only
  • A tad pricey


 
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