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5.0 out of 5 stars
Big notebook drives, 24 May 2010
It's hard to see past the value of this 500GB 2.5" notebook hard drive. I still find it amazing the way storage space doubles - the drive replaces a non-functional 250GB 5400rpm Western Digital unit that was original OEM equipment. The difference in speed between a 5400rpm and 7200rpm drive is easily noticeable during boot, with Windows 7 Professional starting to a login prompt in less than 25 seconds on my system. However, once things are up and running and in everyday use scenarios, the benefits are more marginal. I'm sure this is partly due to the built-in flash cache module on my Dell XPS M1330 notebook (aka Windows ReadyBoost/ReadyDrive/SuperFetch), and party because the seek to seek times don't really improve with a higher spindle RPM.
Excellent drive, backed by Seagate's rock-solid reliability and performance. No noticeable increase in noise over a 5400rpm drive, and with Vista/Windows 7 hybrid disk power savings I'd say the battery life is more or less the same as well. It therefore comes down to cost, with the slower drives saving you about £15. For a one-off purchase I'd say it's worth the extra, although you can understand why OEMs generally go for 5400rpm units, wanting to make that saving in parts costs.
I was originally planning to rate this review at 4 stars due to the high price, but it is a 5 star product in reality that you have to pay a little premium to get.