Hard drives for little money: 500 GB – 2 TB
In this round-up, three 500GB hard disks are still included, but we would mainly ignore them. They are only slightly cheaper than 1 TB disks, which offer twice as much storage capacity. Moreover, they are usually based on ancient technology and therefore also on the slow side.
The current entry-level capacity is 1 terabyte. Toshiba offers the cheapest option for an average of 40 pounds. This DT01ACA100 runs at 7200 rpm and is pretty fast, and not even too noisy. Power consumption can be improved, but the price is very good. If silence is really important, then you should take a look at the WD Red of AV-GP, but these are so relatively pricey that we would rather choose a higher capacity.
In terms of price-per-gigabyte ratio, the 2TB segment is much more attractive, because a disc with this capacity is certainly not twice as expensive as a 1TB disk. In this segment Toshiba is again the cheapest, with not entirely coincidentally a larger version from the same series as the 1TB model. For an average of 60 pounds you can buy the DT01ACA200. Seagate is somewhat more expensive and noisier. The WD Red, on the other hand, is a bit quieter and distinguishes itself with its three year guarantee, but we find it difficult to justify the additional price compared to the Toshiba.