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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 980 Pro 500GB Gen4 M.2 SSDSamsung 980 Pro 1TB Gen4 M.2 SSDSamsung 980 Pro 2TB Gen4 M.2 SSDSabrent 4TB ROCKET Gen3 PCIe M.2 SSDSamsung 870 EVO 500GB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSamsung 870 EVO 1TB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSamsung 870 EVO 2TB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSamsung 870 EVO 4TB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSeagate IronWolf Pro 8TB SATA3Seagate IronWolf Pro 18TB SATA3Seagate Ironwolf 12TB SATA3
Capacity500 GB1,000 GB2,000 GB4000 GB500 GB1,000 GB2,000 GB4,000 GB8,000 GB18,000 GB12,000 GB
InterfacePCIe 4.0 x4 PCIe 4.0 x4 PCIe 4.0 x4 PCIe 3.0 x4 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
Cache Size512 MB1024 MB2048 MB512 MB1024 MB2048 MB4096 MB256 MB256 MB256 MB
Form FactorM.2 2280 M.2 2280 M.2 2280 M.2 2280 2.5 Inch 2.5 Inch 2.5 Inch 2.5 Inch 3.5 Inch 3.5 Inch 3.5 Inch
Endurance (TBW)300 TBW600 TBW1,200 TBW7300 TBW300 TBW600 TBW1,200 TBW2,400 TBW
Peak Power Draw5.9 Watts6.2 Watts6.2 Watts7 Watts11 Watts9 Watts8 Watts
Net Weight0.009 kg (0.0 lbs)0.009 kg (0.0 lbs)0.009 kg (0.0 lbs)0.009 kg (0.0 lbs)0.047 kg (0.1 lbs)0.047 kg (0.1 lbs)0.047 kg (0.1 lbs)0.047 kg (0.1 lbs)0.722 kg (1.6 lbs)0.670 kg (1.5 lbs)0.690 kg (1.5 lbs)
Rotation Speed7200 RPM7200 RPM7200 RPM
Idle Noise18 dB28 dB18 dB
Seek Noise28 dB32 dB28 dB
Large Drive MountingNo Yes Yes
Sequential Read6,900 MB/s7,000 MB/s7,000 MB/s3450 MB/s560 MB/s560 MB/s560 MB/s560 MB/s240 MB/s260 MB/s210 MB/s
Sequential Write5,000 MB/s5,000 MB/s5,100 MB/s3000 MB/s530 MB/s530 MB/s530 MB/s530 MB/s240 MB/s260 MB/s210 MB/s
Random 4KB Read1,000,000 IOPS1,000,000 IOPS1,000,000 IOPS580000 IOPS98,000 IOPS98,000 IOPS98,000 IOPS98,000 IOPS
Random 4KB Write1,000,000 IOPS1,000,000 IOPS1,000,000 IOPS650000 IOPS88,000 IOPS88,000 IOPS88,000 IOPS88,000 IOPS