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Hard Drive Information

The selection of a primary storage drive in important because it is where your operating system and applications will be housed - so you need to make sure there is enough space for what you need now as well as room to grow for the future. How quickly your operating system and programs load is also largely affected by the speed of this drive, so if you demand fast overall performance from your computer you don't want to skimp here.

Traditional hard drives operate by storing data on a spinning metal disk, called a platter. The more platters there are in a drive, and the more data that can be crammed onto each platter, is what determines the overall storage capacity of a given hard drive. Having more platters also tends to mean louder drives, though rotational speed affects that as well. Rotational speed also impacts the drive's performance: if it spins faster it can read or write more information per second.

Another storage option is solid-state drives, which don't have any moving parts. Instead they store data in a flash-like memory - similarly to how memory cards for cameras and other devices operate. This makes them completely silent, but they tend to cost a lot more for the same amount of storage when compared to normal hard drives. They can also perform faster or slower than hard drives, depending on the way they are manufactured; here at Puget Systems we've chosen to carry only the highest quality solid-state drives, so if you choose to invest in one you will get excellent performance.

 Samsung 860 EVO 1TB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSamsung 860 EVO 500GB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSamsung 860 EVO 2TB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSamsung 860 EVO 4TB SATA3 2.5inch SSDWestern Digital Ultrastar 4TB SATA3Western Digital Ultrastar 8TB SATA3Western Digital Ultrastar 12TB SATA3Western Digital Red 8TB SATA3Western Digital Red 14TB SATA3Western Digital Red 12TB SATA3Western Digital Red 4TB SATA3Western Digital Ultrastar 18TB SATA3Samsung 980 Pro 1TB Gen4 M.2 SSDSamsung 980 Pro 500GB Gen4 M.2 SSDSamsung 980 Pro 2TB Gen4 M.2 SSD
Capacity1000 GB500 GB2000 GB4000 GB4000 GB8000 GB12,000 GB8000 GB42,000 GB12,000 GB4000 GB18,000 GB1,000 GB500 GB2,000 GB
InterfaceSATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s PCIe 4.0 x4 PCIe 4.0 x4 PCIe 4.0 x4
Form Factor2.5 Inch 2.5 Inch 2.5 Inch 2.5 Inch 3.5 Inch 3.5 Inch 3.5 Inch 3.5 Inch 3.5 Inch 3.5 Inch 3.5 Inch 3.5 Inch M.2 2280 M.2 2280 M.2 2280
Idle Noise0 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB29 dB29 dB20 dB27 dB20 dB20 dB23 dB20 dB
Endurance (TBW)600 TBW300 TBW1,200 TBW2,400 TBW600 TBW300 TBW1,200 TBW
Peak Power Draw4.0 Watts4.0 Watts4.0 Watts4.0 Watts7.0 Watts8.8 Watts6.9 Watts6.5 Watts6.5 Watts6.3 Watts4.8 Watts6.5 Watts6.2 Watts5.9 Watts6.2 Watts
Rotation Speed7200 rpm7200 rpm7200 rpm5400 rpm5400 rpm5400 rpm5400 rpm7200 rpm
Cache Size256 MB256 MB256 MB256 MB512 MB256 MB256 MB512 MB1024 MB512 MB2048 MB
Average Seek Time8.0 ms8.0 ms8.0 ms4.16 ms
Seek Noise36 dB36 dB36 dB29 dB29 dB29 dB26 dB36 dB
Large Drive MountingNo No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes
Sequential Read550 MB/s550 MB/s550 MB/s550 MB/s243 MB/s243 MB/s243 MB/s210 MB/s210 MB/s196 MB/s180 MB/s269 MB/s7,000 MB/s6,900 MB/s7,000 MB/s
Sequential Write520 MB/s520 MB/s520 MB/s520 MB/s255 MB/s255 MB/s255 MB/s210 MB/s210 MB/s196 MB/s180 MB/s257 MB/s5,000 MB/s5,000 MB/s5,100 MB/s
Random 4KB Read98,000 IOPS98,000 IOPS98,000 IOPS98,000 IOPS1,000,000 IOPS1,000,000 IOPS1,000,000 IOPS
Random 4KB Write90,000 IOPS90,000 IOPS90,000 IOPS90,000 IOPS1,000,000 IOPS1,000,000 IOPS1,000,000 IOPS