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Long warranty, decent performance and well priced
on 7 November 2014
I bought one of these to upgrade a PS3 12GB, but I've used a few for laptop replacements too with no issues to report so far.
This model is the Travelstar Z5K500 it's a standard 5400rpm drive which has a buffer of 8MB, there are faster 2.5" hard drives out there but this still puts in a respectable performance either used in a console or a laptop.
For console users the 7mm size is needed on some devices, some laptops will take slightly taller 2.5" hard drives but this will fit anything out there be it PC or Mac. There are a few other choices too this makes for a convenient storage drive if you have a 2.5" casing to put it in and you can even fit it to a desktop PC (SATA connections are the same) with a suitable 3.5" to 2.5" cage. The drive is quiet and won't disturb you at all with low vibration and very little noise evident.
Performance wise it's roughly in line with similar drives (max sustained read/write is about 100MB/s), though the price is slightly better and 3 years warranty isn't standard from most makers (Western Digital do own Hitachi but they have their own range of drives) If you're looking for faster speeds I can recommend the Hitachi 7K1000 this has a bigger 32MB buffer and a faster spindle speed of 7200rpm making it more suited to desktop use or on a performance machine.
As it is though for a "normal" hard drive replacement it works just fine. If you're upgrading an older laptop or console HDD from years back then this will likely be faster than the drive you replace (densities increase per platter and they get faster all the time because of that) Recommended