Samsung SpinPoint M5 250GB 5400RPM SATA 2.5" Notebook Hard Drive - £85.01 ! - HotUKDeals
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I was about to buy this same drive off Play.com for £125.00, which I thought was a good price until I found this deal.

Did a search around and found the same drive at Komplett for just £85.01 + £6.75 P+P!

5400rpm 250GB 2.5" notebook hard drive.

There is a review on Tom's Hardware Guide comparing this drive to other 7200rpm notebook drives, and there is hardly anything in it. Yes it's a little slower than the fastest 7200rpm 160GB drives you can buy, but not by much, and you get an extra 90GB storage.

That's exactly what I'm doing, bye bye to my 160GB 7200rpm drive and hello to this baby.

This is the first deal I've posted, so go easy on me.
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#1
Welcome to the HUKD forums kev_gordon :)Well done on the deal post :)
#2
Cracking deal. Thats the thing with laptops, hard drive size is pants, which put you off using a laptop. Brillant find.
#3
Spinpoint drives have an excellent reputation and are normally whisper quiet. 250GB in a 2.5" drive is excellent. Good find.
#4
5400rpm is idea for upgrading to a bigger hard drive on my PS3
#5
Brilliant for PS3 indeed - now how do I backup the existing one???
#6
Does the PS3 only support 2.5" 5400rpm or not? If it supports 7200rpm - wouldn't it be wise to go for a 7200rpm model instead?
#7
I remember an article which looked at drives for the PS3 and found that performance was improved far more by a 16MB cache than more RPMs.
#8
I'd rather stick with 7200rpm than 5400rpm (Not too much difference in size).

While I think this is a nice deal, I wouldn't be "upgrading" my 7200rpm for 5400rpm
#9
Does anybody know if this drive would work in an Apple Mac Mini?
#10
dejonge3
Does anybody know if this drive would work in an Apple Mac Mini?


The newer intel-based Mac mini uses a 2.5" SATA drive, so this will certainly be fine for those. Think the older PowerPC-based mini uses a 2.5" PATA drive, so unless you've got one of those this drive should work just fine
#11
welcome kev_gordon :thumbsup:
#12
thedraper
Brilliant for PS3 indeed - now how do I backup the existing one???


Copy everything you want to keep to either an external USB hard drive or a USB memory stick if it's large enough

Jelly
Does the PS3 only support 2.5" 5400rpm or not? If it supports 7200rpm - wouldn't it be wise to go for a 7200rpm model instead?


A faster speed drive creates more heat and Sony recommend you keep to 5400rpm which is the speed of the hard drive in the PS3 when you buy it.
#13
Good find indeed! However, just to note (as I've been doing some research on notebook hdds due to immenently upgrading my laptop), the new Hitachi Travelstar 7K200 series of hard drives is much faster than the fastest of the drives reviewed on the 2.5" disk comparison on Tom's Hardware (and thus faster again than this 250gb 5400rpm drive).
Review here: http://www.storagereview.com/HTS722020K9A00.sr?page=0%2C7

The drive is more expensive though, at £124 for 200gb, £97 for 160gb from lambda-tek (currently no stock - 160gb avail for £99 at komplett).

Excellent price for the 250gb though - just a question of whether to go for all out performance (Hitachi Travelstar 7K200) or good performace and large capacity (and some more cash in my pocket)...
#14
PFC Hudson

A faster speed drive creates more heat and Sony recommend you keep to 5400rpm which is the speed of the hard drive in the PS3 when you buy it.



Some of the new 7200rpm drives actually run cooler than their 5400rpm counterparts - the Hitachi 7K200 i mentioned above is one of them!
#15
qpan
Some of the new 7200rpm drives actually run cooler than their 5400rpm counterparts - the Hitachi 7K200 i mentioned above is one of them!


I don't doubt that but if Sony say 5400 is the only recommended speed then that's what I'll stick at...

Just in case something goes wrong and I need that 12 month warranty.
#16
good spot I like the idea of replacing both of the hard drives in my laptop from 2x100 to 2x250...

I was planning on using 7200rpm drives or even the new Samsung FlashON hybrid drives that have just hit the shops but this shall do nicely!
#17
PFC Hudson
I don't doubt that but if Sony say 5400 is the only recommended speed then that's what I'll stick at...

Just in case something goes wrong and I need that 12 month warranty.


I work with PC's all day you'd be fine. I swap out 5400 for 7200 quite regularly with no ill effects in fact just the opposite.
suspended#18
good price, but it aint the best speed, the 160gb's are much quicker, the seagate momentus 160gb is best drive. 300 and 320gb's are coming out very soon, get 1 of those instead if u want storage, will be quicker than this.
#19
hajj_3
good price, but it aint the best speed, the 160gb's are much quicker, the seagate momentus 160gb is best drive. 300 and 320gb's are coming out very soon, get 1 of those instead if u want storage, will be quicker than this.



I agree the difference is speed between 5400 and 7200 is substantial. If you need space you can always use a 2.5" external drive they fit in your pocket!
#20
would this drive be suitable for a MacBookPro or an Xbox with XBMC?
#21
All the comments about 7200rpm vs 5400rpm may be technically true -of course there is a benefit from 7200rpm

However, I previously upgraded from a 100gb 5400rpm drive to a 160gb 7200rpm drive. I've had the faster drive for over 6 months.

In real world use, I noticed NO difference. I was actually pretty disappointed.

You have to weigh up your needs. I definitely need more storage space, and am willing to give up a few milliseconds here and there for it. As I have a laptop, I really can't be bothered with hooking up external drives (I have 2 x 100gb USB hard drives) for day to day stuff. I use them for archive and backups only.

If I had noticed a difference then there is no way I would be swapping my drive for a slower one.

You also have to remember that the higher density of a large 250gb drive probably gives it some benefit in terms of transfer speed over the older smaller capacity 5400rpm drives out there.

In my opinion, unless you are after absolute performance, then for day to day tasks (other than gaming) a 5400rpm drive will not disappoint.

Anyway, I'm glad my 1st post was a hit and gave people something to talk about. I've been visiting this site for a couple of months now and have picked up a couple of great deals!
#22
Excellent find and sound advice.
Thanks kev_gordon.
#23
LaCie 320GB SAFE USB2 2.5" Biometric £97.51inc vat

http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?quicklinx=4J4R

That is cheaper per gb for those hungry for space at 30p/gb compared to 34p/gb on that 250gb
#24
schizoboy
LaCie 320GB SAFE USB2 2.5" Biometric £97.51inc vat

http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?quicklinx=4J4R

That is cheaper per gb for those hungry for space at 30p/gb compared to 34p/gb on that 250gb


The Lacie is actually a 3.5 inch hard drive - it's just a mistake by dabs.
#25
Macbook?
#26
Ordered. Better work in my MacBook.
#27
This is a smashing deal! I only have a 60GB drive in my laptop so this seems quite attractive indeed... And im a huge fan of the Samsung Spinpoint brand - had 3 x 3.5" ones in the past and they are still going fine. Very quiet, and never any heat issues.

Damn... Upgrade my laptop's storage or buy additional for my desktop? ARGH... Gonna take ages to decide.
#28
kmhtkmhtkmht
Ordered. Better work in my MacBook.


So long as your macbook has sata hdd connections it should, if its quite old it might be pata (ide) and will not work with this drive.
#29
Where are deals on 7200rpms then? As I'm incredibly tempted by this as a 60gb user!
#30
Godsbrother
I work with PC's all day you'd be fine. I swap out 5400 for 7200 quite regularly with no ill effects in fact just the opposite.


But I'm not talking about a PC.
#31
This is a HOT deal!

I've been using 2.5" drives in my fanless desktop system for over a year now. Couldn't go back to a noisy 3.5" drive, even if they are faster!
#32
Excellent find. Just ordered one.

Voted Hot.
#33
Taa. Just ordered one for my MacBook Pro.
#34
IIRC isnt the PS3 an e-sata rather than a sata drive ?

Not that I know the difference....!
#35
Superb deal, HDV capture is chewing through my laptop's hard drive space - been undecided whether to go for the 250GB drive or not, this makes it even tougher.

John
#36
OK, I've been tracking my first post here, and have more information for anyone still undecided on this drive - you should read this specific review of the drive:

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/Notebook-harddrive,review-2376-3.html

I quote from that page:-

"Performance users running a first generation 7,200 RPM notebook drives should consider upgrading their drives, because the Spinpoint M5S and similar competitors offer better transfer rates at much reduced energy consumption."

The whole articles compares lots of 2.5" drives so you can make up your mind on the 5400rpm vs 7200rpm debate.


My hard drive arrived this morning - 3 days after placing my order.
#37
So what's the verdict Kev? Is it really a good drive like that test says?

I'm very curious about getting it because I'd like a really big drive for all my music synths. I thought my laptop was the ultimate music making device with a 160GB drive with 90GB used for synths alone! But with another 90GB, I could really go to town with an orchestra set, too!!

So, please, anyone who bought the drive and wants to chime in here, please do. I already have a great Seagate Momentus 5400.3 160GB drive, but this Samsung has similar performance and sometimes, even better. And the extra space would really help.

Adam.
#38
To be honest, after a day's use after changing my 7200rpm drive for the 5400rpm one, I have not noticed any difference in my systems speed or responsiveness.

I'm not a gamer, so I can't say if it would be different for game load times though.

But for video and photo editing, and general day to day surfing and email etc, the drive 'feels' just as quick. And of course, I now have plenty of free drive space.

I'm very happy with my purchase!
#39
kev_gordon
OK, I've been tracking my first post here, and have more information for anyone still undecided on this drive - you should read this specific review of the drive:

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/Notebook-harddrive,review-2376-3.html

I quote from that page:-

"Performance users running a first generation 7,200 RPM notebook drives should consider upgrading their drives, because the Spinpoint M5S and similar competitors offer better transfer rates at much reduced energy consumption."

The whole articles compares lots of 2.5" drives so you can make up your mind on the 5400rpm vs 7200rpm debate.


My hard drive arrived this morning - 3 days after placing my order.


True, with the drives they tested, that is a reasonable conclusion to draw, but the newest best performing 7200rpm drives (Hitachi travelstar 7k200 - 100GB and 200GB versions only - not 160gb, 120gb, etc due to platter density) perform much better than the fastest drives they tested (up to 25% better I believe). I'm thinking of purchasing a travelstar 7k200 200gb for around £125 delivered in a few days time when it comes back in to stock. £40 more for 50gb less, but with sustained transfer rates of around 52mb/s average as opposed to 47mb/s.
Tough choice vs £85 for 250gb! :?
#40
kev_gordon
To be honest, after a day's use after changing my 7200rpm drive for the 5400rpm one, I have not noticed any difference in my systems speed or responsiveness.

I'm not a gamer, so I can't say if it would be different for game load times though.

But for video and photo editing, and general day to day surfing and email etc, the drive 'feels' just as quick. And of course, I now have plenty of free drive space.

I'm very happy with my purchase!


Much the same for me with a 100GB 7200rpm and and a 160GB 5400 rpm - the benchmarks showed the 100GB drive was faster but in practice I found performance of both to be good, I couldn't tell the difference.

John

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