HWM+HardwareZone.com Editor's Choice Tech Awards - Part 1

Best 3.5-inch Internal HDD

Best 3.5-inch Internal HDD

No amount of hard drive capacity is ever enough in this digital age and for this reason, we chose the top capacity 2TB drives for the best 3.5-inch internal HDD showdown. Only the three leading hard drive manufacturers have the technological prowess to produce these high capacity drives and we've got all of them.


  • Hitachi Deskstar 7K2000 2TB
  • Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB
  • Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB

And the Winner is

The WD Caviar Black (2TB) is our best 3.5-inch internal HDD.

Seagate came out with an interesting SATA 6Gbps interface drive, the world's first in fact, but it was no better than running on 3Gbps interface. Fortunately it's not expensive. That said, for internal hard drives, performance plays a very big factor and that the WD drive delivered plenty. It might be the most expensive, but it's also the most advanced, well specced and not to mention the speediest of the lot. For enthusiasts who need speed and capacity, the WD Caviar Black 2TB is our recommended choice for the best 3.5-inch internal HDD. Below are a couple of choice benchmarks to represent some of our findings. Take note that we've bolstered the results with many other comparisons such as older drives and even an SSD drive for reference.



Scoring Breakdown for 2TB Hard Drives
Criteria/Model Hitachi Deskstar 7K2000 Seagate Barracuda XT WD Caviar Black
Performance 7 8 9
Features 8 9 8.5
Value 8 8.5 7.5
Overall 7.5 8.0 8.5
Price S$269 S$309 S$449

For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed at the References section at the end.

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