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Toshiba MK5061GSYN 500GB SATA 3GB/s 7200rpm 2.5 Inch Internal Hard Drive

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  • Up to 640GB1 of Storage Capacity
  • Optimal performance at 7,200 RPM
  • Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/sec, Revision 2.6 / ATA-8
  • 16MB Cache Buffer
  • Optional Free-fall Sensor

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Size Name: 500GB

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Size: 500GB
Technical Details
BrandToshiba
Item Weight113 g
Product Dimensions10 x 7 x 0.9 cm
Item model numberMK5061GSYN
SeriesMK5061GSYN
Hard Drive Size500 GB
Wattage5.5 watts
  
Additional Information
ASINB004UGWH8S
Best Sellers Rank 51,221 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight141 g
Date First Available30 Mar. 2011
  
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Size Name:500GB

Product Description

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

Box Contains

Gigabyte Z68P-DS3 Motherboard
Manual
4x S-ATA Data Leads
Driver Disk
Backplate


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Size: 500GB Verified Purchase
just installed this into the superdrive by of my late 2009 macbok pro 13" with one of the cradles available on this website, like myself, for those who are not ust to installing hard drives, in order to formatt an unformatted drive, go to disk manager, select the drive form the list on the left, and erase the drive, not the most obvious way to format a drive, and suprised there was nothing labeled "format" shame i didnt have the courage to clone the original hard drive (wich is still in the propper hdd bay) as i imagine the extra 1800rpm on the new drive would give it a far faster boot up time.
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Size: 500GB Verified Purchase
I've ordered this hard disk to have more space for saving and rendering videos and for playing video games. I had the chance to try the previous version (5400 RPM) as I played "Dirt 3" and you really can tell the difference between the 5400 RPM version and the 7200 RPM version. Mind you, this is my experience and it might have different results for other users.

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.
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Size: 500GB
Bought this back in June (so now 5 months old)and it's been faultless. While this should be unremarkable, I've owned other drives that have failed within a month or two (note: most recently 2 WD Scorpio Blue drives, which I recommend avoiding).
It's also very quiet for a 7200 rpm hdd.
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Size: 500GB Verified Purchase
Bought this as a replacement of a western digital 320GB hdd for my MBP, because WD started to have physical errors.
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.
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Size: 250GB Verified Purchase
I bought this to upgrade my Son's Dell laptop and use his old drive to sort out a mates laptop. This is a great drive for the money, having a spindle speed of 7200RPM, which is an improvement in performance over the old drive. As I also sorted my mates laptop out it was a win win all round and very happy with the price, speedy delivery and purchase overall.
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Size: 500GB Verified Purchase
I have an old'ish 3-year old Toshiba Equium P200D-139 which came with 2GB RAM and a small HD of just 80GB. The small HD wasn't initially an issue as I have other machines with 500GB and separate back-up drives, but recently I've been using this machine more for its 17.3" screen which is ideal for my lap to work in comfort on my digital images .

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.
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Size: 500GB Verified Purchase
In general it checks out - it's pleasantly quiet, installed with no problems and works as expected.
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.
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Size: 500GB Verified Purchase
It amazes me no end how brilliant technology is.
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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