Summary: I bought this to upgrade the one in my Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop. The drive was a breeze to install and get the OS up and running from a recovery disk I had created earlier. With the older IDE/ATA drives being pricey, at $55 shipped, this was the best option to upgrade the storage on my laptop from 60 to 160 GB. Laptop seems to been performing better (especially startup and shutdown) but that might be because I did a fresh OS install and removed all the old clutter.
Summary: I needed a new hard drive because mine was giving me indications that it was slowly on it's way out. So I bought this for affordability and the the fact that it doubled what I currently had. A friend helped me make it a clone to my old one and it's been working great ever since in my 15" Mac Power Book G4.
Summary: Received the hard drive and it would not mount up to be recognized by the current laptop bios into which it was being installed. I tried other drives and they were recognized just fine. Contacted customer support and after alittle conversation, they agreed to grant a return authorization number. The second drive worked great and went into the laptop without a problem. Just got a bad unit the first time I guess...good hard drive and performs well.
Summary: Works fine in a 2.5" IDE external HD caddy I already had, attached to a TV with external recording facility. Will also do (part reason for buying) as a spare HD for an old laptop should that ever become necessary. IDE hard drives are now difficult to obtain, though I suspect they will remain available at an increasing price for a while yet. This works fine in its current mode of use and is virtually silent.
Summary: Got this to replace a dead HDD in an ageing Compaq Presario laptop - went straight in (after bolting to the carrier !) and after the usual machinations of installing Windows (XP - didn't want to stress the old laptop too much), things have been pain free. Looking for some more memory now, perhaps........