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snowman
21st June 2009, 04:25 PM
Hi All

I did a search and couldnt find these mentioned, so thought i'd start a thread on it..

Mwave have these 2 drives on special:
Fujitsu 2.5" 500GB SATA HDD, 5400rpm (http://www.mwave.com.au/newAU/mwaveAU/productdetail.asp?CartID=mAU@1J3ONB2H93DK88GGY5EWB WDPXPNJVU9Y6B7GRR67FUI2DY&sku=22070121)

and

Samsung HM500LI 500GB HDD, 2.5", SATA, 5400rpm (http://www.mwave.com.au/newAU/mwaveAU/productdetail.asp?CartID=mAU@1J3ONB2H93DK88GGY5EWB WDPXPNJVU9Y6B7GRR67FUI2DY&sku=22070079)

They're both a fantastic price - has anyone got any bad experiences, helpful info on either?

Many thanks all!

ClockWork
21st June 2009, 04:36 PM
Go with the Fugitsu.
They're very good AND they are currently going very cheap.

Worth it.

choy
21st June 2009, 06:39 PM
Both will work. My preference is for the Samsung drives, but either is fine. Incidentally MSY is selling the fujitsu $10 cheaper for $138

MSY-The Name you can trust-More than 10 years in IT industry-Nationalwide branches serve you & always offer the best up today IT price (http://www.msy.com.au/)

They have the ugliest website on the planet but they have a good range of stock which you can walk in and pick up.

ClockWork
21st June 2009, 06:58 PM
yeah... but there are never any chicks in the MSY que - it just seems... passionately pointless. ;)

micaros
21st June 2009, 07:07 PM
Mwave have these 2 drives on special:
Fujitsu 2.5" 500GB SATA HDD, 5400rpm (http://www.mwave.com.au/newAU/mwaveAU/productdetail.asp?CartID=mAU@1J3ONB2H93DK88GGY5EWB WDPXPNJVU9Y6B7GRR67FUI2DY&sku=22070121)


I've had the Fujitsu in my MacBook (Macbook2,1) for a week or so now. Works a treat. Grabbed it from MSY - they were actually quite helpful and were very pleasant to deal with at the Nth Melb branch (a contrast to some of my previous experiences).

ClockWork
21st June 2009, 07:29 PM
and most importantly, were there any chicks in the que?

mattydee
21st June 2009, 07:33 PM
i would try and go for a 7200 RPM drive - they are faster than the 5400 RPMs

snowman
21st June 2009, 07:59 PM
i would try and go for a 7200 RPM drive - they are faster than the 5400 RPMs

I had thought of that, but i'd rather have more storage than speed :)

frenchtoast
21st June 2009, 09:15 PM
I had thought of that, but i'd rather have more storage than speed :)

Seagate have a 500GB 7200rpm 2.5" hard drive available now. ST9500420AS (http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?locale=en-US&name=st9500420as-momentus-7200.4-sata-500-gb-hd&vgnextoid=70f4bfafecadd110VgnVCM100000f5ee0a0aRCRD&vgnextchannel=819a2c74f15dd110VgnVCM100000f5ee0a0a RCRD&reqPage=Model) is the model number, or ST9500420ASG for the G-Force Protection version.

snowman
21st June 2009, 09:21 PM
Hmm tempting, but at $128 vs $177, I'll stick with slow :). Thanks anyway!

iCarllovesapple
21st June 2009, 11:26 PM
Hi guys, I think it's time to upgrade the trusty old Macbook Pro Hard drive... Is Hitachi or Fujistu a better brand in general? Thanks :)

Salamander
22nd June 2009, 12:13 AM
....and does anyone know a good place in Perth to buy one (any sort - I'm always out when the interstate deliveries arrive and have to chase up the depot)

dekco
22nd June 2009, 12:18 AM
there is a MSY in perth (balcatta), other netplus or austin (osborne pk) will have them

Salamander
22nd June 2009, 12:52 AM
there is a MSY in perth (balcatta), other netplus or austin (osborne pk) will have them

thanks - I'll check them out

Brains
22nd June 2009, 01:09 AM
Carl, in order of brand-preference for 2.5" drives:

Hitachi > Fujitsu > Toshiba > Western Digital > Samsung > Seagate.

If I want something to store a lot of data on that's going to see a lot of use, I want something I can trust will stay working ... and for me, that means Hitachi all the way. A Hitachi 320GB 7K320 drive (7200rpm 16MB cache 3 yr warranty, as low as $119 from Megaware (http://www.megaware.com.au/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=16_204&products_id=86761&zenid=78139df5b0b693525860a013a9114cba) for example) represents outstanding value, data integrity and performance.

Hitachi's MTBF figures are higher than all other manufacturers, they run cooler and quieter than most others, and they're the only maker to put an extra coil on their actuator for super-fast autopark -- you bump a MacBook with one of these in and you hear a definite *tink!* noise from the drive as it goes into a safety head-park.

pixiesrock
26th June 2009, 01:07 AM
Have been thing of doing this myself. Which begs the question would an early 2007 white macbook run a 500 gig drive?

~Coxy
26th June 2009, 10:59 AM
Yes.

LedCop
27th June 2009, 09:45 PM
Get the Western Digital: Five 2.5-inch hard drives at 500GB - The Tech Report - Page 1 (http://techreport.com/articles.x/17010)

Unfortunately, no Fujitsu to compare with but the Western Digital seems a very safe bet for best overall performing 500GB 2.5" drive.

pixiesrock
28th June 2009, 07:26 AM
Cheers guys.