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Just 20 years ago it was a wonder to have a storage device capable of just a gigabyte. Today, drives have exploded in size to 4TB - 4,000 times larger since - and in all sorts of shapes and sizes. While Solid State Drives (SSD) are beginning to gain momentum in the market, Hard Drives continue to be the gold standard of storage because of their cost effectiveness, capacity, reliability, and longevity in the market. From usage in your notebooks and laptops to storage in your workstations to even mass storage for your NAS or Server, hard drives have and continue to be the very foundation of storage medium for millions of devices across the world. Here are some of the best picks out there from a variety of factors including capacity, usage, and more.

Best Internal Hard Drive Overall:

Though the SSD is quickly fighting its way to steal the hearts of PC owners everywhere, we're still heavily dependent, and quite frankly in love with our good old fashioned hard drives. Plus, thanks to their age-old proven technology & recent advancements in capacity, some of the best drives are on the market at unbeatable prices and capacities alike. Differences vary all across the board in statistics ranging from drive speed, to cache size, and even warranty offerings! These drives are the best based on a number of factors, notably their speeds, capacity, and other performance capabilities matched against their price

Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

The very best in hard drive computing is neither the fastest or the biggest, but the one that looks to bring the best of all words without breaking the bank. Given how much price matters in this day and age, the Seagate Barracuda balances so many factors including performance and price to be the best drive out there. Read Full Review

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    Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

    Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD5000HHTZ 500GB 10000 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

    It's fast, it has a decent capacity, but most of all it doesn't cost a total fortune either. Western Digital's VelociRaptor series of hard drives tries to be an extremely fast hard drive, but also wants to be fast drive friendly for those on a budget. Because of this, the VelociRaptor hopes to find balance in a faster drive with a modest capacity while still not being too expensive for most customers Read Full Review

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      Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD5000HHTZ 500GB 10000 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

      Seagate Cheetah 15K.7 ST3600057SS 600GB 15000 RPM 16MB Cache SAS 6Gb/s 3.5" Internal Enterprise Hard Drive

      The Seagate Cheetah is, per its namesake, a ridiculously fast drive that looks to compete against Western Digital's fast drives, as well as even some low-end SSDs. While not as fast as an SSD, and a whopping $300, this fast drive is a great compromise in price and speed compared to a SSD of similar capacity. Read Full Review

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        Seagate Cheetah 15K.7 ST3600057SS 600GB 15000 RPM 16MB Cache SAS 6Gb/s 3.5" Internal Enterprise Hard Drive

        Western Digital SE 4TB 3.5-Inch WD Se SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Hard Drive

        Western Digital's SE 4TB hard drive is designed for those who don't want to spend a fortune, but need a fast 4TB hard for storing all their games, movies, music, and everything in between. With a great 7200RPM speed, good performance, and great reviews,this drive is a good choice for many in need of huge amounts of storage. Read Full Review

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          Western Digital SE 4TB 3.5-Inch WD Se SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Hard Drive

          HGST Ultrastar 7K4000 HUS724040ALE640 4TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Enterprise Hard Drive

          HGST was the first to release the 4TB HDD, and their innovation continues with the second edition of the Ultrastar 7K4000 4TB Enterprise HDD. Featuring unparalled performance and greater efficiency than any other 4TB drive out there, this great (but expensive) drive is the best for those who want the very best in high-capacity computing for their computers. Read Full Review

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            HGST Ultrastar 7K4000 HUS724040ALE640 4TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Enterprise Hard Drive

            Best Budget Internal Hard Drive:

            Money talks - always has, always will. These days, it's more important than ever to use not only effective and high quality hardware, but also products that are cost effective and, frankly, worth their weight in gold. They might not be the fastest, or have the highest capacity, but they offer the right balance we want out of our internal hard drives. The price is right, they get the job done, and they're worth every penny. We picked these drives because they offer the best value between price, speed, performance, and customer ratings.

            Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

            It's fast, it's huge, and it's price is a total steal. The Barracuda line of "all-purpose" hard drives by Seagate continue to impress and amaze us. This time around the 2TB drive is at a perfect price that makes it the very best among drives for those on a budget. Read Full Review

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              Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

              Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

              It's cheap, it's fast, and it's got plenty of storage. If that's all you can think of needing when it comes to getting your hard drive of choice, then the WD Blue is perfect for you. While it only has a 1TB capacity, that should be more than enough for most adventuring PC users. Read Full Review

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                Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

                TOSHIBA PH3200U-1I72 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

                It's not one of the big three hard drive manufacturers, but that doesn't mean Toshiba's 2TB hard drive is down for the count. With plenty of storage, a longer 3-year warranty, and built-in reduced power consumption. This drive can offer plenty for those who need performance and capacity on a budget. Read Full Review

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                  TOSHIBA PH3200U-1I72 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

                  HGST 0A39289 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" x 1/3H ULTRASTAR A7K2000 25.4MM 32MB Internal Hard Drive

                  HGST - formerly Hitachi - offers a few budget-friendly hard drives for PC builders, including the 1TB Deskstar with a 7200RPM platter. For the slightly higher price you get the Enterprise standards of Hitachi, as well as a year longer on the warranty, offering added peace of mind for builders. Read Full Review

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                    HGST 0A39289 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" x 1/3H ULTRASTAR A7K2000 25.4MM 32MB Internal Hard Drive

                    Seagate Pipeline HD ST1000VM002 1TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

                    It's not as fast as other budget drives, but what it loses in speed it makes up for in green-friendly design and perfectly good performance. This drive, build from recycled parts and meant to consume less power, still has the 1TB capacity and snappy 64MB cache you need, making it a great choice for those with long-term storage needs and concerns for the environment still. Read Full Review

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                      Seagate Pipeline HD ST1000VM002 1TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

                      Best High Capacity Internal Hard Drive:

                      Remember when a terabyte was a big deal? Now 2TB is common, 3TB is barely worth raising an eyebrow, and a new crop of 4TB hard drives are making waves all over the industry. This is very good news for anyone, whether you need a big drive for backup and archiving, or simply a sizable storage solution to mate with that lightning-fast but capacity-challenged SSD of yours. These hard drives are the best because they blend the high-capacity and high speed requirements that your library demands. Along with offering the highest possible capacity that 2.5 and 3.5 inch drives can handle, these drives are also chosen for their brand quality, customer reviews, warranty length, and of course their value once you consider their price.

                      Western Digital Black 4TB 3.5 7200RPM Hard Drive

                      Western Digital's Black Series is perhaps the very best the company has to offer in terms of 3.5" high-capacity drives. With a huge 4TB capacity, high speed design, and extended warranty, this drive is not only full of excellent features, but the very best in high-capacity computing Read Full Review

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                        Western Digital Black 4TB 3.5 7200RPM Hard Drive

                        Hitachi GST Travelstar 1TB 2.5 7200RPM Hard Drive

                        In the 2.5-inch category, laptop hard drives have finally broken the 1TB barrier in capacity, and Hitachi GST's Travelstar series is the best among high-capacity laptop drives. Featuring a high RPM, SATA 6Gbps, 1TB capacity, modest warranty, and fair price, this drive is the best among laptop drives. Read Full Review

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                          Hitachi GST Travelstar 1TB 2.5 7200RPM Hard Drive

                          HGST Ultrastar 7K4000 HUS724040ALE640 4TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Enterprise Hard Drive

                          The HGST UltraStar 7K4000 is part of a family of Hitachi drives that started the 4TB craze just a year ago, and while unseated as the leader this drive is still a formidable choice. With a great capacity, fast read and write speed, and extended 5-year warranty, this drive is a wonderful choice for many high-capacity needs. Read Full Review

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                            HGST Ultrastar 7K4000 HUS724040ALE640 4TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Enterprise Hard Drive

                            Seagate NAS 4TB 3.5-inch 5900RPM Hard Drive

                            Though a little slower than other 4TB drives, Seagate's NAS series of hard drives offer up better design for constant, 24-hour usage instead. Regardless of an RPM difference, this drive still offers an impressive capacity, powerful SATA 6Gbps connectivity, and a fair price. Read Full Review

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                              Seagate NAS 4TB 3.5-inch 5900RPM Hard Drive

                              WD Western Digital Scorpio Blue 1 TB Internal Hard Drive

                              Getting a high capacity 2.5-inch drive for a fair price can be a challenge, but Western Digital's Scorpio Blue series of "everyday computing" hard drives looks to meet the challenge. Featuring a 1TB capacity along with modest read & write speeds and performance, this drive is a good choice for those who just need a decent drive with a lot of space and don't want to break the bank. Read Full Review

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                                WD Western Digital Scorpio Blue 1 TB Internal Hard Drive

                                Best Internal Hard Drive for Performance:

                                If we had amps, they'd go to 11. By far, we want the fastest, most powerful, and highest quality items on the market. When it comes to hard drives, cache size, speed, and capacity are the factors that matter, and we aren't afraid to break out the credit card to get the performance we demand. Manufacturers constantly are finding new ways to squeeze more storage on faster and faster drives, and these are the latest ones sure to not only perform, but wow viewers. Picking these drives was pretty straightforward and depended on the read and write speeds, maximum capacities, warranties offered by manufacturers, and the value the hard drive offers for its price. All together, these drives make up the cream of the crop for gaming, multimedia, and other high-performance tasks.

                                Seagate Cheetah 15K.7 ST3300657SS 300 GB Internal Hard Drive

                                This eye-popping enterprise drive by Seagate is sure to make heads spin with peak read / write speeds of 1200Mb/s within this 3.5-inch drive complete with a 64 MB cache, 15000 RPM drive, and SATA 6 compatibility. The question is not what you can do with this drive, but if you can afford it. Surprisingly, it's extremely affordable compared to market SSDs and offers similar speed levels. Read Full Review

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                                  Seagate Cheetah 15K.7 ST3300657SS 300 GB Internal Hard Drive

                                  Seagate 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive ST1000LM014

                                  Part 5400RPM drive, part SSD, the Seagate SSHD is an excellent drive for those who need high capacities but want an impressive boot speed and other initial strengths. While a bit slower for larger file transfers, this drive is still a great choice in many performance-oriented scenarios. Read Full Review

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                                    Seagate 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive ST1000LM014

                                    HGST Ultrastar 15K600 Hard Drive

                                    While most users just frankly don't need the heavy 15,000 RPM drive for their daily needs, the Ultrastar remains as an option on the PC wishlist for comparable SSD quality service with effective pricing and capacity alike. Read Full Review

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                                      HGST Ultrastar 15K600 Hard Drive

                                      Western Digital VelociRaptor Hard Drive

                                      Though now in the dust because of advancements to the 15,000 RPM mark, the VelociRaptor has become - and continues to be - a leader in PC high speed, high capacity storage. Because of the higher capacities and slightly lower performance the VelociRaptor is a great choice if price and size matter. Read Full Review

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                                        Western Digital VelociRaptor Hard Drive

                                        HGST Ultrastar 7k4000 Hard Drive

                                        The HGST Ultrastar 7K4000 has a massive capacity of 4TB backed by a standard speed of 7200RPM. While it isn't the fastest drive on the market, it certainly has one of the highest capacities, and is a wonderful choice for those who need decent speeds but more importantly plenty of space Read Full Review

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                                          HGST Ultrastar 7k4000 Hard Drive

                                          Best Internal Hard Drive for RAID:

                                          RAID-edition or "Enterprise" hard drives have a niche in RAID use because they are rated by the manufacturer to be more reliable, offer better compatibility with RAID controllers, and have special firmware that is better optimized for RAID usage in a 24/7 environment of constant disk access. Because of the higher demands RAID puts upon member hard disks, these "RAID-class" hard disk drives have much higher mean time between failure ratings and much better warranty support than traditional consumer-grade SATA desktop drives. We rated these drives based on the warranties offered as a priority alongside capacity, RAID features, and of course customer ratings.

                                          Seagate Constellation ES.3 4TB Enterprise Drive

                                          The Seagate Constellation series is designed with data centers and 24/7 data in mind, and these drives are meant to the handle the endurance with grace. On top of this endurance-oriented design, these drives also have an impressive capacity, 24/7 reliability in enterprise usage, and of course a huge 4TB capacity. Read Full Review

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                                            Seagate Constellation ES.3 4TB Enterprise Drive

                                            Western Digital SE 4TB 3.5-Inch WD Se SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Hard Drive

                                            The Western Digital SE 4TB Drive has a lot to offer, but most notably its impressive drive capacity, larger cache, and manufacturer-backed claims of reliability that make this drive a great choice. For those who need scalability for small and large RAID and enterprise solutions, the Western Digital SE is an excellent choice. Read Full Review

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                                              Western Digital SE 4TB 3.5-Inch WD Se SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Hard Drive

                                              HGST Ultrastar 7K4000 HUS724040ALE640 4TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Enterprise Hard Drive

                                              HGST - formerly Hitachi and now part of Western Digital - offers up its 7K4000 series of hard drives for those who want high-capacity drives that still have the fast 7200 RPM clock speed. In this case, the HGST drive is impressive in capacity and performance, though still an expensive drive as it is. Read Full Review

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                                                HGST Ultrastar 7K4000 HUS724040ALE640 4TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Enterprise Hard Drive

                                                Seagate NAS 4TB 3.5-inch 5900RPM Hard Drive

                                                As one of the cheapest 4TB drives out there, the Seagate NAS series of drives are designed for NASes, but still work very well in RAID or enterprise solutions due to their capacity and price. If you need cheap amounts of storage, then this drive is excellent for your enterprise needs. Read Full Review

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                                                  Seagate NAS 4TB 3.5-inch 5900RPM Hard Drive

                                                  Western Digital VelociRaptor 600GB Hard Drive

                                                  RAID means more than just high-capacity or endurance-tested hard drives, and the Western Digital VelociRaptor easily fits the niche of enterprise drives with performance in mind. The 10,000 RPM, 600GB drive is an excellent choice for those in this niche due to its speed, reliability, and long-term warranty. Read Full Review

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                                                    Western Digital VelociRaptor 600GB Hard Drive

                                                    Best Notebook Hard Drive:

                                                    While SSDs have arrived on the market and have slowly but surely begun to take their own position in the market share, hard drives still stand by far as the number one way to store files and more from your mobile PCs and laptops. While at a hefty $1 / GB for SSDs, Hard Drives continue to remain competitively priced in the market, thanks to long lasting technology and the occurrence of the apparent competition from SSDs and other competitive storage technology. As a result, hard drives for laptops have quickly grown to feature larger caches, faster speeds, and higher capacities all in their comfortable 2.5-inch enclosures. These drives are the best based on a number of factors, including their cache potentials for quicker file access, their capacities, warranties, user ratings, and of course the cost of affording one.

                                                    Hitachi GST Travelstar 1TB 2.5 7200RPM Hard Drive

                                                    HGST's Travelstar line is known for its many shapes and sizes of hard drives, and the 1TB 2.5-inch edition of this line of storage is in the sweet spot between capacity, price, and performance. Without a doubt, this is the "all-purpose" drive to get that meets the needs of most laptop users. Read Full Review

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                                                      Hitachi GST Travelstar 1TB 2.5 7200RPM Hard Drive

                                                      Seagate SuperSpeed 1TB HDD + 8 GB SSD STBD1000400

                                                      Featuring both a huge 1TB hard drive, as well as 8GB of internal flash storage, this Seagate SuperSpeed drive tries to match the need for high-capacity drives and high-speed performance with the budget-conscious consumer. As a result this drive combines great performance and capacity at a price most are willing to pay. Read Full Review

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                                                        Seagate SuperSpeed 1TB HDD + 8 GB SSD STBD1000400

                                                        Western Digital Scorpio Black 750GB 7200RPM HDD WD7500BPKT

                                                        Western Digital is already a well known brand among hard drive aficionados, and the Scorpio Black line is a premium line of notebook hard drives known for great performance at an even better price. This great value, particularly with the 750GB 7200RPM edition in the series, is what makes these drives such a best buy. Read Full Review

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                                                          Western Digital Scorpio Black 750GB 7200RPM HDD WD7500BPKT

                                                          HP 507127-S21 300GB 10000 RPM SAS 6Gb/s 2.5" Dual Port Enterprise Hard Drive

                                                          Okay, so its name isn't exactly beautiful, but the HP series of enterprise drives that occasionally creep to retail channels are really worth your time and patience. This drive in particular doesn't offer much in capacity, but in exchange gives an impressive speed, modest warranty, and plenty of what you need in performance-oriented computing. Read Full Review

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                                                            HP 507127-S21 300GB 10000 RPM SAS 6Gb/s 2.5" Dual Port Enterprise Hard Drive

                                                            Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD1000CHTZ 1TB 10000 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Enterprise Hard Drive

                                                            The VelociRaptor name is already very well known for its speed and performance in the 3.5" realm of internal drives, but the 2.5-inch edition of this line of drives is also worthy of praise. Though pricey, the 500GB capacity, 10,000RPM high-speed performance, and 5-year warranty are a few of the many reasons to consider investing in this enterprise hard drive. Read Full Review

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                                                              Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD1000CHTZ 1TB 10000 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Enterprise Hard Drive
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