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richardhenry's avatar

Can anyone recommend me a reasonable capacity, fast SATA laptop hard drive?

Asked by richardhenry (12628 points ) May 28th, 2009

I’m looking for something 300gb+, 7200rpm (or faster? I couldn’t find anything), and whisper quiet and reliable. 2.5”, obviously. I’m not really interested in an SSD, for now.

Recommendations? <3

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The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

The faster a drive’s rpms, the louder it will be. That’s just mechanics.
I recommend visiting www.tomshardware.com for information.

arturodiaz's avatar

That will be expensive. I was trying to find you one but for some reason newegg.com does not work for me. But that is The site were you will find what your looking for. good luck ;)

andrew's avatar

Look on newegg for sound. I think you’ll do well with a WD or seagate.

Also, steer away from 7200. It’ll also drain more battery. I think you can do the loudness, power consumption and price combination fairly well right now… like $150US for 500GB.

ben's avatar

I was just looking at reviews for a similar drive, and the two best are currently the hitachi 5k500.b (I think the best) and the WD Scorpio Blue WD5000BEVT. Both are 500gb, 5400, and sub $100 at newegg. They may not be whisper quite, but certainly reliable (apple uses hitachi drives for OEM).

benseven's avatar

I swear by Western Digital.

And that’s a UK supplier ;)

andrew's avatar

Apple uses fujitsu, actually, and the 3 month hitachi drive I had has been giving me problems. It’s also not the quietest guy in the room.

richardhenry's avatar

My current MBP drive has started clicking quietly, which is one of the many reasons I want to replace it.

richardhenry's avatar

* Wants an SSD but cannot justify spending that much on something that doesn’t get him laid

benseven's avatar

@andrew – Don’t Apple use different suppliers depending on part prices? Or is it consistently Fuji in the MB / MBPs?

richardhenry's avatar

I went for the WD Scorpio Blue. Thanks! :D

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