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Large Capcity internal laptop/notebook hard drive

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Dec 29, 2010 14:29 |  #1

(1) Western Digital 500GB WD5000BPVT, 5400RPM, 8MB Cache for $43.44 + free shipping (with amazon prime) at amazon. This works out to $0.08688/GB
Click here to purchase. (external link)

This drive is the Advanced Format technology increases media format efficiency. This is better for newer machines (Windows XP requires a software from Western Digital)

I have been searching for hard drives ALL morning, and I made a nifty little spreadsheet of Price per GB, and this is one of the best deals out there, with large capacity. click here (external link)

(2) Next best deal is Western Digital Scropio Blue WD6400BEVT SATA drive 640GB, 2.5" 5400RPM, 8MB Cache, with 3 year warranty for $49.00 + tax + shipping at Western Digital Loyalty Program. Click here. (external link)

You will need a old western digital hard drive serial number for this to work. You need the serial number to put in to get the deal. This will void the old drive warranty.

For me, in Virginia, total was $58.45. This works out to $0.091328/GB

I did not do 1TB drives, because these drives are 12.5mm thick versus the standard 9.5mm thick, so they can not work in my laptop. Some newer laptops might have space for the new thicker drives. The 1TB drives have 3 platters, versus 2 platters of the standard drives.

If you look on the spreadsheet, you can see where to buy the cheapest 750GB drives as well. It has a lot of information, so if you are looking for a drive, this should guide you on everything you need to know.

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Dec 29, 2010 14:46 |  #2

Nice spread sheet there! I didn't see that you had checked out the Seagate's Hybrid SSD drives. They have a Momentus XT SSD, 500 gb for $120 and way faster than a 5200rpm drive.

Seagate Momentus XT (external link)

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Dec 29, 2010 15:12 |  #3

Hybrid Drives have some major pittfalls so it's a good idea to weigh the pro's and con's overall.

http://en.wikipedia.or​g/wiki/Hybrid_drive (external link)

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