[QUOTE=fairplay;2152955]I rather get 3, 500Gb instead, as if one goes bad you have the other two, but with one big drive the whole thing is lost if it breaks. Also probably there is more chance of a 1.5TB to break than a 500GB. The only draw back is space (that is if you have a smaller case).[/QUOTE]
to me i would rather not do that just cause you got 3 physical drives which burns up more space inside your PC case and once you fill those … BAM, you gotta get more hard drives and i figure your typical (mid size) PC case cant hold more than maybe 4-5 HDD’s tops.
but besides that i would agree as if one fails you aint out of alot of data so that’s one of the plus’s with doing what you said… but on the negative side having 3 hard drives vs 1 hard drive… more weight to PC / more power consumption / and future upgrades you will most likely have to remove at least one of the 500GB hard drives to make room for larger ones.
but… maybe im lucky but in general i never had a hard drive fail on me besides a 40GB IBM hard drive and i have had a moderate amount of hard drives since 1995-1996 when i first got into PC’s.
but where you said “there is more chance of a 1.5TB to break than a 500GB” … i dont think that’s a legitimate argument unless the 1.5TB hard drive has alot more platters in it vs a 500GB hard drive or something more complex that im not aware of… cause my 1TB Samsung hard drive only has 3 platters in it which is 1 to 2 less vs all other 1TB hard drives… as im pretty sure Seagate has 4 and Western Digital has 4 and Hitachi’s version of 1TB has 5 platters.
bottom line for me is… i would rather take the larger hard drive so you dont run out of space and i figure as long as you already have at least a total of 2 hard drives in your PC… you aint got to much to worry about since if one dies your PC wont be out of order til you get another hard drive since you can just put you OS (operating system) on the other one.
so i would rather take the risk of the larger hard drive failing then worry about running out of space inside my case and being forced to remove other older hard drives to make room for newer and large capacity ones… plus i usually always keep a backup of my important data on recordable dvd’s so even if the 1TB hard drive fails that i have… worst case scenario is i spend alot of time restoring the data to it.