5 Best Internal Hard Drives for Gaming PCs and Desktops in 2020

Solid-State-Disk drives are definitely much better than hard disk drives when it comes to performance but they are on the expensive side when you look at the cost per gigabyte. That is why hard disk drives are still the most common drives you will see in the market, as their cost to capacity ratio is more than double than that of an SSD. Moreover, apart from the cost differences, SSDs are not available in such large capacities that you would find in hard disk drives and that is one of the most compelling reasons for gamers to consider them, as a lot of games are surfing these days having a disk requirement of more than a hundred gigabyte.

Since we are talking about internal hard disk drives, the risk factor included with the mechanical parts of drives is also reduced and even though not as good as SSDs, hard drives are still capable of lasting a decade or even more. In fact, some of the hard drive companies are providing warranties for up to five years as well, which soothes the hearts of customers a bit, as no one wants to lose their precious data all of a sudden.

That is why we have decided to take a look at the best internal hard drives for gaming PCs in this article.

1. Western Digital WD Black 4TB WD4005FZBX

High Random-Write Performance

  • Great Random Write performance
  • Low Failure Rate
  • 5-year manufacturer's limited warranty
  • Much pricier than other hard-drives
  • A bit noisy

3,035 Reviews

Cache: 256 MB DRAM Cache | RPM: 7200 RPM | Form Factor: 3.5-Inch Internal | SATA Speed: 6 Gbps

Western Digital has been the go-to brand when it comes to hard drives for almost a decade. The WD Black is their best selling hard drive to date and with good reason. This drive ticks all the boxes whether it be in speed, capacity or reliability. Western Digital has really managed to strike a great balance between all of these aspects.

The WD Black delivers great performance with a reasonable cost/capacity ratio. It has many storage variants ranging from 500 gigabytes all the way up to 6 terabytes of capacity. It delivers impressive sequential read and writes speeds at 180MB/s and 175MB/s respectively.

Another great element of this drive is the 5-year limited warranty you get and the impressively low failure rate. In the end, if you want the best of the best when it comes to performance and reliability the WD Black knocks it out of the park. Highly recommend for all users.

2. Seagate FireCuda SSHD 2TB

With Big & Fast Cache

  • NAND flash results in a much faster read/write rate
  • As good as SSDs when it comes to startup times
  • Price is somewhat lower than high-rpm HDDs
  • Not very reliable in terms of performance
  • Could have provided higher flash storages

100 Reviews

Cache: 64 MB DRAM Cache + 8GB MLC NAND Flash | RPM: 7200 RPM | Form Factor: 3.5-Inch Internal | SATA Speed: 6 Gbps

This one is the most interesting drive out of all the ones listed here. This is Seagate’s FireCuda SSHD. An SSHD or hybrid drive is your typical mechanical hard drive but with a little twist. A hybrid drive has NAND chips built into it which are used for flash storage in SSDs. In short, this is a sort of combination of a mechanical hard drive and an SSD.

This type of drive automatically stores your most used data on the NAND chips for faster access. Mind you the flash storage is usually just 8 or 16GBs in this drive. This FireCuda uses 8GB of flash storage and you can utilize the flash storage to boot up windows.

But is this hybrid drive really that much faster than your typical mechanical hard drive? Well, not by a lot. The read and write speeds are both well above 200MB/s averaging out at 210-215MB/s for both which is still quite impressive. The drive comes with a long 5-year limited warranty and has a relatively low failure rate.

Still, we would not recommend this over even a budget SSD, as even that would get speeds up to 400MB/s. Do not expect this to give you a huge performance boost over your standard mechanical hard drive. It is still a good choice because it is not that pricey compared to the market and you should definitely check this out if you are not going to buy an SSD.

3. Seagate BarraCuda 2TB

Fairly Good Value

  • Inaudible operating noise
  • Comes at a very cheap price
  • Available with up to 8TB storage
  • Large cache for such low capacities
  • High failure rate

895 Reviews

Cache: 256 MB DRAM Cache | RPM: 7200 RPM | Form Factor: 3.5-Inch Internal | SATA Speed: 6 Gbps

The Seagate BarraCuda is one of the most competitive hard-disk drives ever created.  Seagate has also become a very popular brand for gamers in recent years. Not only have they been making great HDDs for PCs but they are also pumping out hard drives and SSDs for laptops and consoles.

Right now we are concerned with BarraCuda 2TB hard drive. It actually has better sequential read/write speeds at up to 200MB/s and 180MB/s which is impressive for any hard drive. If you want a higher capacity, you can buy hard drives with up to 8TB of capacity, which is great for mainstream drives.

The reason this doesn’t hold higher positions in our list is the somewhat higher failure rate as compared to other drives. Mind you, these drives will still most likely last you a long time but there have been reports of some of these drives failing in under a year. Those reports are not in the majority, of course, but something to keep in mind, especially, when Western Digital gives you 5-year limited warranty while Seagate only gives you 2-years.

4. Toshiba X300 4TB Performance Desktop Drive

For Large Quantity

  • Available in large capacities
  • Rivals WD Black in performance
  • Very noisy hard-drive
  • Bad customer policies
  • Could have provided longer warranties for such large drives

765 Reviews

Cache: 128 MB DRAM Cache | RPM: 7200 RPM | Form Factor: 3.5-Inch Internal | SATA Speed: 6 Gbps

If you are someone who has a massive game library, you probably require a high capacity drive. The Toshiba X300 4TB can provide you with that without breaking the bank. As the name implies, you get a massive storage capacity of 4 terabytes. Honestly, that is more than most users will ever use but if you truly require that much storage then the X300 represents exceptionally great value.

The X300 is paired with an impressive 128mb of cache and has the standard 7200 RPM spinning rate. It also has an impressive sequential data transfer rate at 200MB/s representing both read and write speeds. The failure rate of these drives is quite disappointing but technically, the higher the capacity of the drive is, the more risk of failure will be there.

Overall, Toshiba has made an exciting offering with the X300 giving you great value and performance for a high capacity hard drive, although make sure to set up a backup to ensure data integrity.

5. Western Digital WD Caviar Blue

Best For Budget Users

  • Great balance between performance and price
  • Suitable for most workloads
  • Free Acronis True Image WD Edition cloning software
  • Slower transfer rates than other hard-drives
  • Not as quiet as the Seagate Barracuda drives

9,797 Reviews

Cache: 256 MB DRAM Cache | RPM: 7200 RPM | Form Factor: 3.5-Inch Internal | SATA Speed: 6 Gbps

The WD Blue lineup has represented amazing value in the HDD market for years. The price/performance ratio is the main selling point of these hard drives as they are available in high capacities at a low price tag. The performance also seems to be up to par with most of its competitors.

The WD blue has a mediocre data transfer rate with read/write speeds up to 150MB/s and 140MB/s respectively. It is paired with 64mb of cache and has the standard 7200RPM rate. Just like all Western Digital drives, the WD blue has a really low failure rate. This drive has remained the top seller in hard drives for many years and it is easy to see why when you see the amazing price/performance ratio. Unfortunately, unlike the WD Black, you only get 2-years of warranty.

Overall, this drive seems a great alternative to the Seagate Barracuda, as both drives provide an awesome price to capacity ratio.

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Bill Wilson


Bill is a certified Microsoft Professional providing assistance to over 500 remotely connected employees and managing Windows 2008 to 2016 servers.
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