In 2011, I purchased a couple new internal hard drives. One was a 640GB drive for backing up my main system so I don’t lose all of the baby pictures I’d been taking. The other was a 160GB drive for my wife’s computer that she didn’t really use, but was running out of free space on its 40GB drive. Both hard drives are still working with no problems today, six years later.
In shopping for the two hard drives I discovered that Western Digital had completely dominated the consumer market for internal 3.5″ hard drives. By 2012, Western Digital had overtaken Seagate as the world’s biggest hard drive manufacturer.
Now, five years later, Western Digital still dominates the internal hard drive market.
Here are my top 5 internal hard drives on the market today, in terms of popularity and rating:
- Western Digital Blue WD800JB 80GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 / ATA-6 ($58)
- Western Digital Blue WD800JD 80GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s ($15)
- Western Digital Raptor WD740GD 74GB 10000 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s ($73)
- Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s ($131)
- Western Digital Raptor WD740ADFD 74GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s ($73)
Compared to the top hard drives in 2011, the cost per-GB today has gone up drastically. The focus now seems to be on quality and performance instead of massive amounts of space. However, there are good inexpensive drives with lots of space out there. For example, check out this Seagate Archive HDD v2 ST8000AS0002 8TB 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s for $223. That’s 8 terabytes for $223! Or Seagate BarraCuda ST3000DM008 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s: 3TB for $100. The sweet spot for getting bang for your buck seems to be around 2-3TB.
If you’re looking for something newer and also great quality, check out Seagate Barracuda ES ST3750640NS 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s ($40).