Hm, mainly webbrowsing, gaming , compressing/decompressing things with zip/winrar.
The Momentus 7200.4 seems to have a real high seeking time.
What about the power consumption of the 320GB Black? Is it the same as with the 500GB version?
There is also this 7mm Hitachi Travelstar Z7K320 320GB avaible here, and according to some HDtune benches on a chinese site, the transferrates are the fastet, though the average seeking time with about 18ms is rather slow...almost as slow as mine now.
I intend to up until 1 year and then we will see whether the SSD prices have fallen on an attractive enough level for me. But right now i need an external backup drive anyways.
I have an Acer 3820TG with ATI5650 and a i5 450M CPU, can run all recent games on medium settings atleast. I don't care if it's a bit louder then, but when browsing , doing light tasks like Office , i don't want it hear vibrations and even feel it on the table (according to some users).
What mainly keeps me from buying a WD Scorpio Black 320GB is that my Scorpio Blue 640GB drive produces spikes/freezes which can only be solved by using external tools , like quiethdd, in which i disable APM and AAM completely.
And the Black should have the exact same featureset...
I won't buy a new notebook any time soon. A bit later perhaps a desktop system for really new demanding games.