wirawan

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  1. I am getting a new laptop (Lenovo T450s) and plan to upgrade the storage right away. I choose HDD because the cost is still much lower than SSD. Here's my criteria in descending order of importance: 1) reliability 2) capacity 3) performance I am looking at 1TB range. I am going to stick with HGST or WD because of past not-so-good experiences with Seagate. No real failure, but the drives sounded scary. On the reliability front, can anyone comment on HDD speed and temperature? I have been using 5400RPM drives on laptops because I have bad experience with a 7200RPM drive. I am afraid when operating that hot all the time, the drive would fail too soon. The 7200RPM WD Scorpio drive was mounted on Dell Inspiron 600m, the left palm side was unpleasantly hot; sorry, don't have temp reading (it feels well above 40 deg C). In contrast, my 5400RPM HGST drive was running at 37 deg C on a Lenovo T400. Another question--I see the 5400RPM drives tend to have 8MB cache only, while the 7200RPM has 16 or 32MB. Why is this? Wirawan
  2. Hi all, Thanks for the answer. I do need > 500 GB capacity for sure. My current disk in the old laptop already almost fills up. I do have quite a bit of MP3 and quite a number of MP4 and raw video files which make it so big. What brands of SSD do you recommend me look at first? Why do I not see SSD first? It is because of the cost. It is so much more expensive per GB for my pocket. Wirawan
  3. I have been wanting to get a 500 GB internal drive for laptop, and I want to know user experience of the Hitachi drives. I have the following in mind, actually: 5K500.B drive Hitachi Travelstar 2.5" 500GB 5400RPM SATA II 8MB Cache Internal Hard Drive 0A57915 See http://www.amazon.com/Hitachi-Travelstar-5400RPM-Internal-0A57915/dp/B0029LHVLO/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145257 Apparently Hitachi consumer segment is not as large as WD or Seagate but from my reading, Hitachi has its own reputation of goodness: - The drives come with 3 year warranty which is getting rare nowadays. - the 5400 RPM drive seems to be one that is best in terms of power/performance balance (I don't need superfast drive but I care for power savings for laptop battery operation) If anyone has opinion for or against this product, please speak up! I also need clarification for some product numbers floating out there: The official product guide from Hitachi gives "HTS545050B9A300" as the model number and "0A57915" as part number. However there is another part number out there that I could not trace in Hitachi's website: part no. 0Y30055 http://www.amazon.com/Hitachi-Travelstar-2-5-Inch-Internal-0Y30055/dp/B00492BU0E/ref=sr_1_25?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1340729325&sr=1-25 The description page also says "5K500.B" drive but why is the part number different? Also, anyone would comment on the ultrathin version of 500 GB drive (Z5K500)? http://www.storagereview.com/hitachi_travelstar_z5k500_review_hts545050a7e380 http://www.amazon.com/Hitachi-Travelstar-2-5-Inch-5400RPM-Internal/dp/tech-data/B005GKXTCK/ref=de_a_smtd This says "0J11285" part number. Wirawan
  4. Sorry this topic is a bit out of context but I don't see any other suitable place. I want to get an USB -to- IDE/SATA (3.5" and 2.5") combo adapter. There are many out there. Do you have any recommendation? Some have such a low price and I wonder if they are reliable. Of the products offered, which one would also support passing on/reading off of SMART info from the drive? (I learned that not all enclosures or USB adapters support that.) Is this one good? http://www.amazon.com/Cables-To-Go-30504-Adapter/dp/B000UO6C5S/ref=pd_ybh_5 Wirawan