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    I was wondering why there is such a wide price spread on hard drives of the same size..

    I see 1TB drives from well known manufactures like Seagate, Wester Digital etc with prices ranging from $ 59.00 to over a $ 100.00 for the same size drive...

    They are pretty basically the same so is it wise to purchase a cheap drive or and expensive one?
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    You have to make sure a drive is equivalent to another and that doesn't mean storage capacity alone. Are they the same speed (RPMs), for example? Faster drives will cost more, for the same storage capacity.
    Personally I buy drives from brands I trust. On equivalent drives I would go for a drive from a manufacturer I trust, even if slightly costlier.
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    Take a closer look at the specs, "basically the same" is a relative term.
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    I agree with Clint and Rui on this. Among factors to consider are new/refurbished, cache size, transfer speed, rotation/spindle speed, packaging(bare or not),shipping costs, etc., etc. Other important factors for me are Brand reputation and Vendor reputation.

    Today, I got an email offer from a Vendor I trust for a Brand I trust for $55......
    1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    $55 looks like a decent price. Includes FREE Shipping!!

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    There are often sales on certain brands. Could be cleaning out stock before a new model or could be a "get you in the door" offer. It is easy to overlook whether a drive is internal or external with external being more expensive.

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    Funny, I never got any notifications of these replies even though I should be..

    Anyway, Usually I buy a bare drive and while I know all your suggestions are worth considering I must say that the Western Digital and Maxtor drive I have bought have all been pretty inexpensive and I never had to say to my self---'Gee wish this drive was faster'

    But, I think a gamer would want a faster drive I usually do a lot of graphic stuff like editing pics etc and a cad program and manage my website and never had any problems..

    I was just curious about the big spread in prices...

    Thanks guys..
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    Tim, hello.

    >>>Today, I got an email offer from a Vendor I trust for a Brand I trust for $55......

    Can you forward one to me, pretty please ? You would not be out stamps even.

    A great even ing to you..................Jean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean Parrot View Post
    Tim, hello.

    >>>Today, I got an email offer from a Vendor I trust for a Brand I trust for $55......

    Can you forward one to me, pretty please ? You would not be out stamps even.

    A great even ing to you..................Jean.
    Hi Jean - Do you mean send the link? Here it is ....
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    I buy a lot from Newegg and that email you talk about Tim is probaly one of the ones that prompted me to start this thread...
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    Good morning Tim and thanks.

    >>> Hi Jean - Do you mean send the link? Here it is ....
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    In a way, yes. They have upped their offer to $64 now. They will not send to north of the 45th. I was asking if you would get me one and post to me. PM would apply.

    Have a large day.......Jean.

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    Don't forget to check the warranty too. Many new budget drives only have a one or two year warranty. The better drives usually have a 5-year warranty.

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    Components returns rates, worth checking.

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