Toshiba MK5061GSYN 500GB SATA 3GB/s 7200rpm 2.5 Inch Internal Hard Drive
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Designed for optimal performance and high durability, the Toshiba MKxx61GSYN series of 7,200 RPM hard disk drives deliver 160 to 640GB of storage capacity in the 2.5-inch form factor. The MKxx61GSYN family of Serial ATA drives offers extreme power efficiency and superior operating acoustics over 3.5-inch drives for today's high-end notebook PCs, gaming laptops, and mobile workstations as well as Energy Star all-in-one and slimline desktop PCs. Toshiba couples greater power efficiency of the MKxx61GSYN drive
Gigabyte Z68P-DS3 Motherboard
4x S-ATA Data Leads
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During my usage the "loading..." screen took noticeably more time at 5400 RPM than it did with this hard disk at 7200 RPM (around 3-5 seconds).
I'd recommend this hard disk if you want to have a mildly fast hard drive but you are not ready to invest in a solid state hard disk drive.
It's also very quiet for a 7200 rpm hdd.
Both the WD and this Toshiba are running at 7200 RPM, but Toshiba is extremely quiet, whereas WD was pretty noisy.
I could have went for a bigger size Seagate or WD hdd - 750GB or 1TB, but I wanted a reliable hard drive and Toshiba HDDs never disappointed me before.
So far I'm very pleased with this Toshiba 500GB HDD, works great.
Looking for new 17" machines I soon realised that I'd be paying for features that I would have no need of, and none matched the excellent connectivity of the P200D (6x USB, Firewire 400, Expresscard slot, S-Video and the usual VGA port)and as I don't play games or do video editing for example, my mind turned to upgrading my existing machine. I increased the RAM to 4GB which is the maximum my machine can take and looked around for a replacement hard drive of at least 500GB capacity. I was surprised to come across this model which runs at 7200rpm, and which surprised me as I had assumed hard drives for laptops etc were of the 5400rpm variety. And it is Toshiba branded to boot.
I called upon the assistance of a computer expert to clone the old drive for me and I am delighted with the results. Along with the upgrade to the RAM the laptop is now much more responsive and software runs faster, as expected, but this must also be due in no small measure to the fast speed of this drive which can access data much more quickly. It makes hardly any noise, I have to listen intently to hear anything, and the laptop runs just a little warmer, judged by the air exiting the vents. But the increase is only just noticeable.
I don't know if this will be pertinent to other laptops or users, but my "subscores" in the Windows assesment programme have increased from 5.5 to 5.7 for the RAM increase, and from 5.0 to 5.9 for the hard drive.Read more ›
However, it seems much slower than the specs suggest. I get 100 mbps read and write from it (defragged)
I've got a 5400 rpm disk from 3 years which gets 90mbps read speeds
Therefore, while it does the job, I'd suggest looking for a faster drive. In addition you might want to look at a 1TB drive - they cost roughly the same.
This 5ooGB HDD is so tiny.
Was hoping it would be not too noisy, you know you get used to how your machine behaves.
Well this HDD is as good as silent. My Dell Studio sounds no different with this drive fitted. Fantastic.
I wonder how long 500GB will last me before 1TB seem inadequate?
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I wanted to change the HD in my laptop a Toshiba with a toshiba HD and ordered this one. I installed the new HD and tried to install windows on it it was crashing all the time done... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bee Keeper
Have had this installed in my laptop as a second drive for over a year quiet and reasonably fast no complaintsPublished 23 months ago by Samantha Cryar
I bought it as a replacement HDD for my Toshiba laptop in July 2012 - It still works very well, I didn't have any issues with it and I am very happy with this purchase! :)Published 23 months ago by Bager