I currently have a Zenith 9CJS motherboard and a 75gb WD raptor, I am running a bit low on space so I am going to add a 2nd hard drive for storage. Also, I am not ready to upgrade my entire system just yet but I may be getting a new MB/CPU & RAM within the next year. I am currently looking at getting a Seagate Barracuda 500GB Serial ATA 7200RPM Hard Drive w/16MB Buffer and since I haven't been really paying attention to what is going on in the HD world I am a bit confused by the multitude of flavors this drive comes in.
That all said I have a few questions:
1 - If I buy a SATA II drive will it downgrade to SATA I w/o any problems when I plug it into my current system?
2 - I have seen AS, NS and SV versions of this drive what the heck is the difference?
3 - Should I go with the enterprise version "Seagate Barracuda ES" or the "Seagate Barracuda 7200.10"? Not sure if the ES is an older drive model or if it is truly the enterprise version of the .10 release.
4 - From what I have read the Seagate seems to be the way to go, is there a contender out there that I should be looking at as well?
Thanks in advance for the input!