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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Johnd76, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. Johnd76

    Johnd76 Megabyte Poster

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    hi folks, i have just recently been getting a disk read error that i cant get rid of...

    To be honest i think the hard drive had finaly gone to hard drive heaven! (was making some strange noises for a while)

    My question is where is the best place to buy a new laptop hard drive? not looking for anything fancy just enough to keep some files and music on and will give me some expierance of changing the harddrive.
     
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  2. Modey

    Modey Terabyte Poster

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    Most of the standard suppliers will be able to sell you a hard drive no problems. Ebuyer.com, Dabs.com, Scan.co.uk etc...

    You may want to consider getting a 7200rpm one to replace it, would give you a nice bump in speed as well as capacity. The 500GB ones are pretty resonable.

    eg. Seagate ST9500420AS 500GB 2.5" Hard Drive SATAII.. | Ebuyer.com
     
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  3. Johnd76

    Johnd76 Megabyte Poster

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    cheers Modey, will have to wait till i get onto a computer to have a look, using my PS3 to type on here and for some reason it wont show me the page!
     
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  4. ThomasMc

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  5. ickle97116084

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    I bought the 256gb Momentus XT and can not give it enough praise. Its the most significant upgrade I have made in terms of performance in over a decade. My boot times from pressing the power button to checking emails has gone from over 2 to 3 mins to under 20 seconds.

    Do yourself a favour and save some boot time by purchasing a momentus XT, you will not regret it.

    P.S.

    I work for seagate by the way, just kidding.

    Ickle
     
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  6. j1mgg

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  7. ThomasMc

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  8. Modey

    Modey Terabyte Poster

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  9. ickle97116084

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    The seagate hybrid drive contains a little bit of NAND technology (4gb) so does improve the performance of everyday tasks significantly. Plus it has a 32mb cache and spins at 7200rpm. It outperforms some of the speedier desktop hdd and all laptop hdds including the Scorpio Blacks in real world use! At 256gb - 500gb it will store an OS (or 2) and leave room for data and applications. In a portable environment i.e. a laptop where space is paramount and the bulk of an extra HDD will mean the difference between taking it with you on a business trip or not the Momentus XT wins hands down.

    For desktop PCs or laptops that rarely leave your home or office desk a true SSD will outperform a Momentus XT - but not by much in real world use.

    I reccomend a Momentus XT or if you are on a budget go for a WD Scorpio Black.
     
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  11. Phoenix
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    I picked up a 500GB Momentus XT the other day and upgraded my laptop in a hotel with no internet
    the only files on the raw drive now are two VHD files and some apps i am using the remaining space for like a shared install drive
    both my OS's boot from VHD, no native OS installed, its awesome! :)
     
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  12. ThomasMc

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    Wish they would hurry up and make 1/2 TB with 64GB SSD in a 3.5" bet they would shift a few of those :D
     
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