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Recommendations for Notebook Hard Drives?
Lourdes Shoaf, Photographer, Assistant
Round Rock | TX | USA | Posted: 1:06 PM on 10.02.09
->> I am looking to upgrade my Dell's hard drive. I am looking for some name brand recommendations. I have heard there have been some consolidations in the past and that in reality less than a handful of companies make them.
I appreciate all responses.
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 9:33 PM on 10.02.09
->> I have had good luck with Hitachi, specifically their 7k series. These are 7200 RPM drives (same as most desktop drives, while most notebook drives are 5400 RPM) and have better throughput than 5400 RPM drives. They're more expensive, but the speed increase is worth it IMO.

FWIW, Hitachi bought IBM's disk manufacturing operations several years ago, so these are the descendants of IBM's disk technology.
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David Meyer, Photographer
Orlando | FL | USA | Posted: 10:17 PM on 10.02.09
->> I just installed this Seagate Momentus in my Macbook Pro:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148374

Very pleased. Big difference over the stock 5,400 RPM drive.
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Brian Tietz, Photographer
Fort Myers | FL | USA | Posted: 11:01 PM on 10.02.09
->> I second the seagate momentus 7200 I just picked one up from newegg as well. It's the second laptop I have outfitted with the seagate and never had a problem.
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Phil Hawkins, Photographer
Fresno | ca | usa | Posted: 8:35 AM on 10.03.09
->> Whatever you do, don't get Maxtors. I have a stack of dead Maxtors at home.

Western Digital Caviar Greens have served me well. Not one has crashed and they run very cool. The Scorpio Blacks made specifically for laptops look like they will be great, although I haven't used them yet. Huge capacity, 1 TB! It's just that every WD drive I have ever used is still running great. Not one is dead.
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Tom Knier, Photographer
Lancaster | PA | USA | Posted: 11:46 AM on 10.03.09
->> To echo Chuck's statement, I recently replaced the original 120GB 5400RPM drive in my MacBook Pro with a 320GB 7200 RPM Hitachi drive. It's an amazing upgrade, and a very simple way to tune things up.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145228

And, it's less than $75!
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Daniel Putz, Photographer
Jefferson | MD | USA | Posted: 11:54 PM on 10.03.09
->> Anyone tried this with an SSD? I'm curious as to how well they do.
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Lourdes Shoaf, Photographer, Assistant
Round Rock | TX | USA | Posted: 11:43 AM on 10.04.09
->> Thank you everybody!
I installed the Seagate Momentus as recommended by David. It's a 500 GB, 7200 RPM notebook drive. I installed it using Apricorn's Cloning Kit. The kit costs $20 and it was so easy even a caveman could have done it.
Everything is working perfectly.
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Dave Pawlak, Photographer, Photo Editor
Santa Cruz | Ca | USA | Posted: 12:13 PM on 10.04.09
->> I second the Hitachi drives with Seagate and WD being close seconds. The only drives I've ever had die on me were older EIDE type WD's. I've replaced the HDD's in my Dell XPS with Hitachi's and couldn't be happier. They are super fast and quiet. They also go on sale quite a bit at www.zipzoomfly.com, www.newegg.com, and www.tigerdirect.com.

@ Daniel - drive capacity for SSD's is still low and very high priced compared to their equivalent magnetic drive (HDD). The read/write times for SSD's is significantly faster than a magnetic HDD; however, for editing images it may be overkill.
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