I have chance to sell my 500 GB Hitachi HDD (Sata II, 7200rpm, 16MB buffer). I am planning now to buy one Sata II 1TB HDD, but I'm on dilemma (trilemma ).
First one is Hitachi (7200rpm 32MB buffer)
Second is WD 10EAVS (32MB buffer, 5400rpm)
Third is WD 10EARS (64MB buffer, 7200rpm)
Now, my last 2 HDD's were Hitachi's, so I trust in them. I had one WD (80GB JB series), and it was very loud, but I didn't have any problems with it. But somehow I don't trust WD's much, as I saw few of them dead. Is this 5400 vs. 7200 rpm makes a big difference? Is 64MB buffer make big difference against 32MB? They are all similar prices (only this 64mb is about 5 Eur more expensive).
The HDD will be the only one in my machine (maybe next year or later I will buy one SSD). Other thing that is important is that I want HDD to be very quiet (this Hitachi I have now is very quiet).
If anybody have in-hand experience with these HDD's, please let me know.