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Indy Sabre
Sabre Rider From Indianapolis

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[Parts Check] Choosing between Seagate Hybird and WD black 2.5 5

Got a new Laptop (to me) HP 6930 Elitebook running W7 64 bit and trying to decide which drive to upgrade to. Now it has Fujitsu 120GB 5400 drive and want to upgrade to a 500GB 7200 RPM drive.

Trying to decide on the Seagate Momentus XT ST95005620AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s with NCQ Solid State Hybrid $89.99Drive vs Western Digital AV-25 WD5000BUCT 500GB 5400 RPM 16MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s $69.99 drive


JoelC707
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Re: [Parts Check] Choosing between Seagate Hybird and WD black 2

The Seagate drive would be the faster one all around. It's a 7200 RPM vs the WD's 5400 RPM (5400 is the common for laptop drives with 4200 be the lowered ones) plus it has the SSD cache. IIRC the Seagate drive moves frequently used data to the SSD portion and leaves the rest on the platters. This is similar to Intel's SRT technology and gives you most of the performance of an SSD with the cost and capacity of an MHDD.

That said, what are your plans for this laptop?


decx
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reply to Indy Sabre

The WD5000BUCT is an is in a product line WD use to target AV equipment applications. For a comparable drive to the Seagate Momentus XT line you should look at WD's Black drives which is WD's performance product line (formerly Scorpio Black for 2.5 inch drives).


BlitzenZeus
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Western Digital Scorpio Black wd5000bpkt 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive $79.99
»www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···5000BPKT

I don't trust hybrid drives yet, and personally have a thing against Seagate drives.
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Krisnatharok
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I've been using a Momentus XT without issue for a while now (~2 yrs) in my wife's Sony Vaio. Although with SSD prices being what they are, and how she doesn't have much in the way of files, I'd rather just spend $90 on a 120 GB SSD and be done with it.
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BK3

join:2001-04-10
Geneva, IL
reply to Indy Sabre

Mine, my wife's and my daughter's laptops all have WD black 7200 RPM drives in them, and not a spec of trouble with any of them.
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dbarber

join:2000-07-25
West Chester, PA
reply to Indy Sabre

As I said in another thread, I have had two Momentus XT 500 drives in use since last spring. I am very (no caps) happy with them, and I would do it again.

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Indy Sabre
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reply to BlitzenZeus

said by BlitzenZeus:

Western Digital Scorpio Black wd5000bpkt 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive $79.99
»www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···5000BPKT

Thanks for listing that, after reading the replies, i realized that was the second drive I meant to quote, not the 5400 RPM one.


Jan Janowski
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Without a doubt -- The Seagate!

I'm using 7 of them... 2 in laptop, 2 in Raid 0 enclosure, 2 in Cache locations on a server, and 1 in a USB3/2 enclosure...

They are simply Great! (And the go on sale now and then!)
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BryanInPHX
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I'm in the same boat. Looking at replacing a Toshiba Laptop HDD with one of the following, I tend toward the WD Black HDDs for 3.5" drives, but am looking hard at the Seagate Hybrid. I swore off Seagate HDDs a few years ago though so I'm torn.

Seagate Momentus XT ST500LX003 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache 2.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Solid State Hybrid Drive
»www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···22178240

Western Digital Scorpio Black WD5000BPKT 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s
»www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···22136856
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