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Old September 17, 2009, 05:24 PM
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My friend's going to be purchasing a laptop hard drive and he'll be putting it into his ASUS G1S laptop. He wants it to be cheap, spin at 7200RPM, and have at least 320GB of storage. The only hard drive I found off a quick search on NCIX was the following:

NCIX.com - Buy Seagate Momentus 7200.4 320GB 2.5IN SATA 7200RPM 16MB Hard Drive OEM - ST9320423AS In Canada.

Is that a good hard drive? What other hard drive would you recommend?
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Old September 17, 2009, 06:20 PM
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use an SSD unless he need more than 80 gb the cost isnt bad, but i have a crapload of WD black edition 320's in service and a few in my main pc as backup drives, they work well
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Old September 17, 2009, 06:21 PM
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NCIX.com - Buy Western Digital Scorpio Black 320GB 2.5IN SATA 7200RPM 16MB 12MS Notebook Hard Drive OEM - WD3200BEKT In Canada.
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+1...Have one of these in my Acer Travelmate 7720 that I use for school work (ok, ok, a little gaming too) and I have no complaints whatsoever. The performance boost over my old 250GB 5400rpm drive is definitely noticeable in day-to-day use and I still get great battery life (if your friend is concerned about it).
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+1 on the WD Scorpio. Quite often those WD 320GB 7.2K 2.5" HDDs are on sale for about $65. Check around. I have heard people say the 500 GB Seagates are pretty noisy, but haven't heard it myself. Anyways it's hard to beat the 320 GB at ~$65.
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Old September 18, 2009, 09:05 AM
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I recommend a WD Scorpio Black or Blue. I run 2 internal hard drives in my laptop - one is an SSD, the other a 500GB Scorpio Blue. This drive achieves the same transfer rates as my old 320GB Seagate 7200.3 did because of the higher platter density.

Stay away from the 7200.4 line - those are a joke. The access times are comparable to 5400rpm drives.
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Old September 18, 2009, 05:29 PM
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My friend is a Seagate fanboy so nothing I can do. The 7200.4 is the only good Seagate hard drive available. Best bang for buck...

I asked him why he wants to upgrade a new hard drive, so he can use the extra storage space and faster boot up time and what not. I ask him how many processes are running, he answers over 110.
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