Hitachi Deskstar T7K500 NCQ 500GB SATA-II 16MB Cache - £88 or £97.51 delivered:)! - HotUKDeals
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This is THE fastest 500gb hdd there is and its just £88 if you want to collect it from in stoke of £97.51 delivered.

i have 2 of these already which i paid £152 and £112 for over the past few months. this is a BARGAIN!!!
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Hopefully Hitachi build quality has making this a decent buy.
Hopefully Hitachi build quality has making this a decent buy.

Can't be as bad as maxtor :w00t:
Can't be as bad as maxtor :w00t:

VERY true, i have had sooo many problems with maxtor, so i read some reviews and this 500gb was the best, it was so good i bought another.
VERY true, i have had sooo many problems with maxtor, so i read some reviews and this 500gb was the best, it was so good i bought another.

Heard a few good reports about Hitachi Deskstar but never used one myself
Heard a few good reports about Hitachi Deskstar but never used one myself

Yes I've read reassuring reports that their days of the "deathstar" tag are behind them...yes agree about Maxtor ..unfortunately I have one in my PC and it has already been replaced..fortunately I regularly back up my data so lost nowt....the only make of drive I've never had die on me is Samsung so I tend to favour that brand of HDD.
Thanks for the pointer :) Hopefully the positive replies above are correct ;-)
I had a Hitachi that went wrong (lost ALL my data) but it was covered on their warranty. Within about 4 weeks I got it back. I now backup using Second Copy so fingers crossed, touch wood ;)
I wouldn't touch Hitachi drives with a barge pole, I have had nothing but trouble with them. The most recent was a 2.5" OEM laptop drive that packed up after 3 months. They refused to replace it as it was OEM and I had to go through the OEM that happened to be an unhelpful eBay seller. Not impressed that they wouldn't deal with their own defective product. I won't ever be buying any Hitachi drives again.
personally i changed all my drives to western digital and haven't had any problems with them
I've had a pair running on a raid 0 systems for 3 years with no problem
I too had a Hitachi Deskstar that died prematurely resulting in all data lost. It was replaced with a later Hitachi Deskstar because the reviews were good. It makes a strange whirring noise when it's running. That particular drive is in a PC that I don't use often so I can't judge if things have improved.

[COLOR=#94954f][COLOR=#000000]The problem with the majority of reviews is they don't know about the reliability of a product. Perhaps things have improved for Hitachi but I'm put off and in future if I need any HD replacement I'll look for an alternative brand.[/COLOR] [/COLOR]
I've been running deskstar's for several years in raid 0 configurations. Touch wood, none has let me down. I backup as you should, so it's no sweat.

The deathstar was an IBM disk and goes back a good few years. The drives are consistently among the fastest available and fairly priced.

There are less successful drives by all the manufacturers.

I`ve had a Hitachi deskstar in my machine for over a year, with no problems(touch wood)...I have had Western Digital before and it screwed up after a year!
Can't be as bad as maxtor :w00t:

Thats true, Maxtor are awful.
Good price, thanks hajj_3 :)
Their not nicknamed Deathstars for no reason you know ;-)
cheaper 500gb drives have been posted plenty of times in the last few weeks, around the £80-£85 mark delivered

samsung, maxtor, seagate, etc
Had 3 Hitachi (formerly IBM) drives, never again !

All 3 died totally.

Also known as IBM [COLOR="Red"]Deathstars[/COLOR] around here...

Hope they have improved, but I'm not going to try and find out...
BTW (totally unrelated) I also never buy Ebuyer own branded RAM, 5 out of 5 sticks died... Kingston, or Crucial only from now on for me...
I did a bit more research into this particular drive. It apparently has less platters than the regular one (available at dabs for instance). I imagine that it won't read as quickly, but maybe that's academic.

The reviews are likely to be the more expensive one, so thisone is a bit of an unknown. Basically it's a downspec'd version for penny pinching computer manufacturers.

I had a hitachi drive too. It died and lost all my data and not even professional recovery companies could recover the data. :(
Google 'click of death' as well as 'ibm / hitachi deathstar' . I really couldn't advise someone enough not to buy one unfortunately.
Hitachi Deskstar, AKA Hitachi Deathstar.
I've got a mix of drives. The problems with the early deskstars was fixed a long time ago. ALL HDD are prone to failure due to moving parts. If you want security, buy two and mirror them, or buy 4 and raid 5 them. I had an old 120mb Deskstar that failed with the 'click of death', and I had a maxtor that died the day after I moved (not copied) all my data onto it.

Voted hot, as for this price, you could get 4 and have 1.4 TB+ of secure Raid 5.
Just a quick question for the techies, what do i need to use a SATA if there are only ATA connections on the old board?
Thanks :santa:
if you dont live near an overclockers then SVP has it for similar price but cheaper postage (99p this weekend)

it seems to have good reviews on there as i ordered the 80gb as only wanted a small one

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