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I've been reading reviews and people have indicated that one of the downfalls is the seek time and data transfer rates are not as good as GigaByte drives.
I guess it's probably worth mentioning the application, which is video storage. I guess the transfer rates are not going to be a big problem, but probably the seek times.
Would it be better to have multiple GigaByte drives, rather than use a TerraByte drive?
You are walking the sata cable of delusion ..
Somewhat like backing up data to another partition of the same HD ( just because there is the space to do it )and it's cheaper than buying a second one ..(I just bought 3 acer machines that are set up in raid 0 with only one HD and one DVD multiwriter per box ..out of the box they actually set them up that way ~:o !...needless to say I bought them for their hardware spec and the included monitors ..not the flaky "backup"..and they were all vista 64 and no install discs ..only recovery partitions on the second "part" of their only HD ..and for acer that is a "selling plus point" :)) ..but the price was good for the boxes and 22 inch lcd's included ..and then one junks the OS ..and the "raid" ..
( acer desktops are very very quiet ..important when you have 3 or 4 or more in a small home office space all working at over 70% of cpu most of the time ..and they are cheap ..if you intend opening them and customizing from day one )
The answer to your question is a "toaster"
here mobos, cpu's, psu's .. are 2 to 4 times USA price ( depending on what you are buying )..hd's are 1.5 to 2 x USA price ..so "gutting a pig and adding lipstick" is a better deal than shopping for parts to build your own gazelle :((
IMO ..video backups are best done on optical media ..and redone every 5 years ..