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The cheapest internal hard drive i have seen around for its size! If anyone else finds one cheaper then let me know.

***WD Caviar SE16 drives combine 16 MB cache with 3 Gb/s transfer rate for lightning-fast performance in demanding desktop and workstation applications. Technologically advanced acoustics minimize noise and cool drive operation and enhanced reliability features help protect the drive and the data stored on it.***


Western Digital WD5000AAKS 500GB SATA II 7200RPM 16MB Cache - OEM

Product Description WD Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS - hard drive - 500 GB - SATA-300
Type Hard drive - internal
Form Factor 3.5" x 1/3H
Dimensions (WxDxH) 10.2 cm x 14.7 cm x 2.54 cm
Weight 0.63 kg
Capacity 500 GB
Interface Type Serial ATA-300
Data Transfer Rate 300 MBps
Average Seek Time 8.9 ms
Spindle Speed 7200 rpm
Buffer Size 16 MB
Manufacturer Warranty 3 years warranty

Comes with free delivery from ebuyer.com (free on orders over £49.99)

5 Star Performance rating, what more can you ask for!
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#1
its no so much finding one that is cheaper its the fact that for not much more you can get and external one.
#2
Its fair enough getting an external one that you can move about etc. but the transfer rates are alot slower.
Plus some people (incl. myself) dont have room around the PC to be having external hard drives taking up space.
#3
Rather buy a samsung Spinpoint, better drive for about the same price.
#4
Defiant306
Rather buy a samsung Spinpoint, better drive for about the same price.


Ahh, you were on a roll until you mentioned Samsung.

Western Digitals are the ones to go with, this is a good deal.
#5
... what more can you ask for ...

Well a 5 year warranty would be nice!

If Seagate can offer 5 years why can't the rest?
#6
Because WD know there HDs wont blow up they are quiet low temp and offer a good 3 yr warranty
#7
Not been able to find one of them Samsung Spinpoints any cheaper than around £75 excluding delivery.

Anyway im happy with what WD and Seagate offer. Still think this is a good deal for what your getting.
#8
grumpyone
... what more can you ask for ...

Well a 5 year warranty would be nice!

If Seagate can offer 5 years why can't the rest?


Remember one [COLOR=red]very[/COLOR] important thing with hard drive warranties; if your hard drive goes belly up and you lose your data, it doesn't matter a jot whether the manufacturer was offering a 1yr, 3yr, 5yr or 10yr warranty...........your data has still gone.

Western Digital's are rock solid, their 3yr warranty is pretty much irrelevant in my experience because the drive isn't going to fail.

Wish I could say the same for the Maxtors, Seagates and Samsungs I've had let me down in the past........

Motto: backup, backup, backup!!
#9
I too haven't had any problems with WD but neither have I with Samsungs, actually come to think of it I've only had Maxtors, Seagates, and Hitachi/IBMs die on me...

but saying that I've also had all of those last a very long time too, I've got a very old Maxtor still working fine and a Hitachi/IBM laptop drive also running fine and they both must be at least 6 years old!

Anyway as for the price, been like that for a while and they are that price (or VERY similar) at most other suppliers but with ebuyer you get free p&p. Although you can also get free p&p with Scan too.
1 Like #10
I assume that All drives fail!

Therefore a 5 year warranty is the best thing you can have - well not quite it comes second to having your data backed up!

I've had all brands of drives WD, Seagate, IBM, Samsung, Maxtor - they can all fail - especially these days when QA is cut to the bone to stay competitive.

Immature Fan Boys shrieking that their favourite brand never fails is just ludicrous.
#11
500 Gb Samsung HD501LJ Spinpoint T
SATA300, 7200 rpm
16MB Cache, 8.9 ms, NCQ
£62.73

From Scan.co.uk

Very good drive check some reviews, better than the WD in this thread. Only better drive I would buy for my system would be a WD 150 GB Raptor. Samsung is quiet, very fast and cheap.
#12
I don't think this is a hot deal but rather the price you should expect to pay. I bought a Samsung HD501LJ last week from MicroDirect for £63.43 inclusive. The price has gone up slightly now as they are selling them at £51.49 ex VAT rather than £49.99. I was already buying some memory so it worked out even better for me.

Their prices for WD, Samsung, Seagate etc. 500GB drives are similar to those of the deal: http://www.microdirect.co.uk/productlister.aspx?&se=500gb%2cSATA%2c300&s=5&cpp=10
#13
grumpyone
I assume that All drives fail!

Therefore a 5 year warranty is the best thing you can have - well not quite it comes second to having your data backed up!

I've had all brands of drives WD, Seagate, IBM, Samsung, Maxtor - they can all fail - especially these days when QA is cut to the bone to stay competitive.

Immature Fan Boys shrieking that their favourite brand never fails is just ludicrous.


Definitely, everyone always seems to swear by a brand but similar to yourself I've seen all different brands fail so I always work with the assumption the drive will fail as well. Noise tends to be my main factor for choosing a hard drive these days.

John
#14
Western Digital offer a 5 year warranty on their RE2 drives.
#15
Chanser
Western Digital offer a 5 year warranty on their RE2 drives.


i've got a feeling there's some get-out clause there, the re2 drives are only supported if used in a raid configuration, for some reason they're not recommended for use as a single drive, god knows why - maybe they're slow as hell without striping.....?

personally i don't think this is a deal, its more like the average price for a 500gb drive such as the wd-aaks or seagate 7200.10

now if somebody can find me a seagate 7200.11 (32mb buffer and 105mbps sustainted, not 70-odd like the rest) for 60ukp, then i'd be happy: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/130826
#16
as i say again, if anyone can find a 500gb internal HD delivered at this price then please speak up. Sorry if people dont see this as a "deal" but i was just alerting people to the prices they are selling for on ebuyer.

Hope its helped some people anyway.
1 Like #17
I posted this on another forum ...

Be very wary of buying Seagate drives from Ebuyer!

Despite them clearly stating ...

Manufacturer Warranty 5 years warranty

They have been known to sell so called Seagate "component" drives that have NO Seagate warranty!

You only find this out when you check the unit's warranty status via the serial number on the Seagate warranty checker web site.

You have been warned!

I was caught out by this a few months ago. Had to get SEAGATE and Local Trading Standards involved before Ebuyer would fully refund my errant purchase.

Ebuyers defence was that it did not matter that there was no Seagate warranty - they i.e. Ebuyer would honour the warranty - yeh I'm sure they would 3 or 4 years down the line!

They conveniently side stepped the issue that they were not authorised to sell "component" drives which are really destined for assembly into products e.g. PVRs, whose warranty would only be covered only by the assembler.
#18
Cheers for letting me know about that. Never really had problems with ebuyer before but its good to know ;)
#19
sej7278
now if somebody can find me a seagate 7200.11 (32mb buffer and 105mbps sustainted, not 70-odd like the rest) for 60ukp, then i'd be happy: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/130826


Scan has some in stock.
#20
Johnmcl7
Definitely, everyone always seems to swear by a brand but similar to yourself I've seen all different brands fail so I always work with the assumption the drive will fail as well. Noise tends to be my main factor for choosing a hard drive these days.

John


Don't get me wrong, your philosophy should always be that, sooner or later, your drive WILL fail.........that mantra, on it's own at least, should get you into the habit of backups.

I've just never had a WD die on me in 18 years of using pc's that are on 24/7.

The others yes........one Maxtor went belly-up after 36 minutes :x

You can only speak as you find............
#21
Chuckles1066
Ahh, you were on a roll until you mentioned Samsung.

Western Digitals are the ones to go with, this is a good deal.

Have you read the reviews? The Samsungs are far quieter and quicker in most cases from what I have read. The guys on BYO all seem to recommend them over WD/Seagate etc.









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#22
russ
Have you read the reviews? The Samsungs are far quieter and quicker in most cases from what I have read. The guys on BYO all seem to recommend them over WD/Seagate etc.[COLOR=white].[/COLOR]


I don't read reviews, I get enough hands-on encounters to judge things from my own personal experience.

I had a Samsung DOA..........now I'm not suggesting that's typical, it was certainly a one-off......but my [COLOR=blue]personal experience[/COLOR][COLOR=black] is that WD's are the best.[/COLOR]

Everyone's mileage varies, all you can do is speak from experience.
#23
All of them are good, haven't had one hard drive fail from Maxtor(temporary coughing), Seagate and Fujitsu.

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