Super silent and nice breath of life for a dying notebook
Samir Jena, Amazon
26 June 2013
Summary: I was looking for a spacious hard drive to replace my dying notebook HDD (with all clinks and clanks coming out every now and then). Although the SATA drives are available for cheaper GB/$, this was the best price I could find anywhere else for a 250GB PATA. Surprisingly the OEM versions of this HDD were more expensive than this consumer packaging. Shipping was incredibly fast even with the package arriving a week ahead of estimated delivery data.
Summary: Installs nicely in my old IBM T43 Laptop. only issue I had was the 2010 warning message and beep. about the non-authorized HD in the system etc... Knew this when upgrading the LT. I Just set the BIOS to continue after the message and the LT boots and runs normally. Ive had it running for a month with no issues.
Pros: Nice drive. fast , quite and cool. Easily installed into my old (T43) laptop
Cons: Still $$$ for a IDE drive. Not as big as they say.. but if you been dealing with HD's for the past 20years like I have you already know this... its still a shame to see.
Summary: Over the years, I have purchased over 100 hard drives from Newegg through my account and my work account. This is the first one that was DOA. I'll remain a loyal Newegg customer as long as they continue to treat their customers as they do and have in the past. Fair prices, quick delivery and outstanding customer service.
Pros: 1. Newegg's replacement policy 2. Second hard drive formatted and ready to use in less than 2 minutes
Cons: 1. First hard drive DOA (sector 64 IO error during format) 2. Second hard drive had 2 pins bent at 45 degree angle.
Summary: Replaced my 7200 rpm 60 gig that came with my inspiron 9300 in 05 after refusing to completely die on me but instead fry itself on a regular basis lol. Western Digital has yet to let me down, I will continue to by WDC.
Pros: Pretty quick for a 5400. Works great even handles all the reformats/installs of windows I have to do because I might have a bad habit of breaking xp ;) My laptop is on pretty much 24/7 for the last 15 months and it's still going strong
Cons: It's not 7200. Giving it a 4 instead of a 5 because ide 5400 is depressing and I had some problems with defragging, windows would blue screen on me in the middle of the defrag. Though I haven't run a defrag in 9 months the hard drive runs just fine and smooth without it
Summary: Replaced the 80GB 4200 RPM drive in my HP zv6000 (zv6130us). Mounted the new drive in a USB enclosure and used Acronis utility to clone the old drive. Installed the new drive and started the laptop with no problems. I have now upgraded the memory from 512MB to 2GB and the hard drive from 80GB 4200 RPM to 250GB 5400 RPM. I'm running windows XP and everything is much more responsive. Definitely adds new life to the laptop. Would recommend if you need PATA.
Pros: Lots of space (236 GB formatted in NTFS). Easy installation in most laptops. 3 year warranty. Quieter and cooler than the old 80GB ST drive.
Cons: Higher price for PATA vs. SATA drives (not a con of this specific drive). No documentaion, utilities, etc, even with retail version. You can download these from wdc.com.
Summary: Wonder when the 2TB hd price will go down?
Pros: Easy as Sunday morn'in, lol. For real though, great HD, great manufactures warranty, and wonderful Newegg return policy, if something is wrong, but has never happened to me before. Newegg is great.
Cons: Well, ummm, I guess I need a bigger HD now since this one is full... Is it a "con" if I'm going to order another HD if this one is beautiful? lol NO CONS!!! :P
Summary: Overall it is still a good deal, just not a great deal. If you have an older laptop and you want to keep it going, this unit will definitely breath new life into your older machine. I had to cannibilize the adapter off of my original Dell laptop (Precision M20) hard drive as it did not connect to the 44 pin interface directly. Just make sure you know what you need before you order this unit.
Pros: Great capacity, could not find a larger 2.5" drive for a PATA interface. 5400rpm is not bad, don't think a 7200 is available. WD is still investing in keeping PATA technology around as many workstations still use that interface.
Cons: This unit is significantly more expensive per GB than its SATA cousins. It would appear a premium has to be paid to keep legacy technolgy around.