a FAST upgrade to breathe some life into an older computer
Paul Buckner, Amazon
19 April 2014
Summary: One of my business customers needed a replacement harddrive for a windows 7 box which had a 250gb drive. This one has a larger storage capacity (double) and was a quick install to replace the older one. Paul Buckner, author of From Broke To Broker: Stories of Finding Financial Freedom And Never Give Up: Book Two of the Finding Financial Freedom Series
Summary: When I first received this hard drive, I was not impressed with the way it had been shipped. But after posting my first review detailing that, I received a call from the seller and he offered to replace the hard drive for me. Since I haven't noticed any problems with it, I declined immediate replacement. Overall, I have had great experience with Western Digital hard drives, and this one has not disappointed.
Summary: I guess for 65 bucks, getting almost a year (11 months 10 days) out of the drive isn't too bad. I upgraded my TivoHD when its hard drive went out after 2 years of operation. Considering that this drive was developed to operate continuously for media operations, I consider it failed for only lasting 1 year.
Summary: This is a SATA II drive and works very nicely with my TivoHD. After replacing the original drive with this one, my tivo now draws 2-3 watts less and runs a degree or two cooler (that's tougher to get good data on though). Prior to installing in my tivo I ran some performance tests and almost kept it for my PC since it was sustaining better throughput than my 160 gig maxtor. Sitting at my desk while running the tests I had to pick the drive up to hear it.
Summary: Arrived quick, too! I bought this as a replacement for my dead Tivo drive. Now I can no longer hear my Tivo in the living room (OK, maybe the fan if I concentrate, but the ticky-ticky of drive access is gone. Going from 80GB to 500GB for $60 is incredible (and for $100 at the time I got this, a 1TB drive was almost irresistible--but I had to admit I would probably never use that much extra storage and I really wanted to revive the Tivo for as little $ as possible.