Perfectly acceptable replacement laptop hard drive
Willis "joey4649", Amazon
26 March 2013
Summary: I bought this hard drive to replace the one in my wife's HP laptop which died very suddenly It arrived promptly and worked fine, it's hard to say exactly how good it is but so long as it keeps on working for years to come we are perfectly happy with it
Pros: I bought this drive to upgrade a laptop I recently acquired. This drive installed effortlessly and allowed an uneventful installation of Windows 7 Pro. Even though it is only a 5400 RPM drive, for the applications I use on it the speed is impressive. I will probably buy another one for a notebook upgrade I'm doing soon.
Summary: This affected debian, ubuntu, and Mac OS X. The problem manifested as a loud periodic clicking noise every 4 seconds, followed by extremely high latency (~800 ms) as the drive spins back up. Not only was this somewhat irritating, but I suspect it caused greatly increased power consumption and would have shortened the life of the drive dramatically (mechanical wear and tear).
Pros: It works and it's cheap. For the price, capacity, and the physical format (7 mm thick) it's a pretty good deal. There is a single, important caveat however.
Cons: The Intellipark "feature" that this drive comes with causes the drive to spin down every 4 seconds. This means that the GUI hangs, videos stutter, music skips. Every 4 seconds, like clockwork. Just imagine that for a second.... borderline unusable.