Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB SATAII 16MB Cache 3.5 inch Internal Hard Drive " Green Power" OEM £68.51 - HotUKDeals
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I think this is the cheapest at the moment.

Technical Details

* Reduced power consumption - WD has reduced power consumption by up to 40 percent compared to competitors' drives with the combination of WD's IntelliSeek, IntelliPark, and IntelliPower technologies
* Helps enable eco-friendly PCs - WD Caviar Green drives yield an average drive power savings of 4-5 watts over competitors' drives making it possible for our energy-conscious customers to build systems with higher capacities and the right balance of system performance, ensured reliability, and energy conservation
* Cool and Quiet - GreenPower technology yields lower operating temperatures for increased reliability and low acoustics for ultra-quiet PCs and external drives.
* IntelliPower - A fine-tuned balance of spin speed, transfer rate and caching algorithms designed to deliver both significant power savings and solid performance. Additionally, WD Caviar Green drives consume less current during startup allowing lower peak loads on systems as they are booted
* IntelliSeek - Calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise and vibration
* IntelliPark - Delivers lower power consumption by automatically unloading the heads during idle to reduce aerodynamic drag
* Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR) - Employs PMR technology to achieve even greater areal density
* StableTrac - The motor shaft is secured at both ends to reduce system-induced vibration and stabilize platters for accurate tracking, during read and write operations. (750 GB and 1 TB only)

Product details

* Product Dimensions: 50 x 50 x 50 cm ; 731 g
* Boxed-product Weight: 908 g
* Delivery Restrictions: This item can only be delivered within the UK
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* Item model number: WD10EACS
* ASIN: B000X4PJG8
* Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 29 May 2008

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#1
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000XZ5JBW/ref=ord_cart_shr?_encoding=UTF8&m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE

Amazon has the Samsung one for £69.99 delivered, and I assume that it's NON-OEM, which is better.
Samsung one also has double the cache, and it has much better performance (See here). (Western digital does have a 32MB cache green power but it's around £90)

It's out of stock at the moment but if you don't need the drive soon than it may worth a look.
#2
Any of these OK for upgrading a Sky HD box?
#3
Any SATA 3.5" HDD is fine I would presume, which is the case for these 2. I am not sure if SkyHD has a limit on the HDD capacity
#4
Let's wait for 50 pounds. Nearly there...
#5
AnnihilatorX
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000XZ5JBW/ref=ord_cart_shr?_encoding=UTF8&m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE
Amazon has the Samsung one for £69.99 delivered, and I assume that it's NON-OEM, which is better.
Samsung one also has double the cache, and it has much better performance (See here). (Western digital does have a 32MB cache green power but it's around £90)
It's out of stock at the moment but if you don't need the drive soon than it may worth a look.


My samsung 32Mb cache F1 spinpoint 750GB drive lasted little over a month before it died. Seems to be a common problem with them from what Ive been reading. I am at a loss as to what is can brand be termed "reliable" like harddrive manufactures of old (before they all moved to china and cut costs).
banned#6
AnnihilatorX
Any SATA 3.5" HDD is fine I would presume, which is the case for these 2. I am not sure if SkyHD has a limit on the HDD capacity


Do you really want 500Gb wasted on Anytime :w00t: or has it been cracked yet?
#7
I have had my spinpoint 1tb for just over a month now as so far its been okay

jazid;3226622
My samsung 32Mb cache F1 spinpoint 750GB drive lasted little over a month before it died. Seems to be a common problem with them from what Ive been reading. I am at a loss as to what is can brand be termed "reliable" like harddrive manufactures of old (before they all moved to china and cut costs).
#8
jazid
My samsung 32Mb cache F1 spinpoint 750GB drive lasted little over a month before it died. Seems to be a common problem with them from what Ive been reading. I am at a loss as to what is can brand be termed "reliable" like harddrive manufactures of old (before they all moved to china and cut costs).


I really do think that "reliability" is a misnomer when it comes to hard drives, I once attended a presentation given by a researcher from one of the major companies (forgot which). She said that the the head and platter design are akin to landing a jumbo jet on a line the width of a pin. I always think after solid state, we will look back and think what a marvel of mechanical and materials engineering these things are.

Your best bet is to always backup your drives, and choosing manufacturers with good warranties with quick turnaround. As IMHO no drive is "reliable" in the same sense of other components like processors etc.

Keeping your ear to the ground to avoid another "deathstar" scenario cant hurt mind.

Cant wait till these get to £50 so I can afford two!
banned#9
Any hard drive can die at any time.
Its just the % game really. Samsung seem one of the best along with WD but I prefer Samsung as WD drives in the past get a lot hotter and are noisier.
#10
Anyone that makes drive reliabilty claims can be ignored imo. If you're a corporate customer that have used 1000's of drives, then maybe your claims would mean something.
#11
jazid
My samsung 32Mb cache F1 spinpoint 750GB drive lasted little over a month before it died. Seems to be a common problem with them from what Ive been reading. I am at a loss as to what is can brand be termed "reliable" like harddrive manufactures of old (before they all moved to china and cut costs).


I hada 500GB Spinpoint fail - i'm now using a 500gb f1 spinpoint (was the replacement) and has been fine so far...
#12
"I am at a loss as to what is can brand be termed 'reliable'"

I am at a loss as to what that sentence means. :w00t:
#13
How cheap!?

How cheap!?

!!!

Voted hot, waiting for an equivalently priced external one :)
#14
Personally I don't think there is much difference with the failure rate of different drives. I have had about 10 drives of various different brands fail in the last 5 years ( Mine get an extreame amount of use and abuse). As mentioned before make sure you have a back-up of anything important.
#15
omg the Tb gets cheaper and cheaper. it was over 100£ a few months ago!
i got one but I cant even fill up 100Gb!
#16
If anyone is worried about drives failing or corrupting precious data silently you should take a look at ZFS filesystem: http://www.opensolaris.org/os/community/zfs/whatis/
#17
stonking price :)
#18
lumoruk
Do you really want 500Gb wasted on Anytime :w00t: or has it been cracked yet?


Anytime doesn't take up a % of the disk, but 140gb.. so you'll go from 160gb to 1000-140 = 860gb
#19
I got a couple of these from scan recently they are brilliant drives.

My advice dont buy Samsung drives however cheap they are. I have only had 3 hd fail on me ever and they have all been samsung, I had 2 x sansung 500gb drives fail within 12 months.

You have been warned,if you value your data dont use samsung drives !
#20
alera
I got a couple of these from scan recently they are brilliant drives.

My advice dont buy Samsung drives however cheap they are. I have only had 3 hd fail on me ever and they have all been samsung, I had 2 x sansung 500gb drives fail within 12 months.

You have been warned,if you value your data dont use samsung drives !


There are people out there that could say the same about any manufacturer. I have only ever had two drives fail, they were both Maxtors. So what?

Heat and rep added for OP.
#21
hm I have owned 6 Western Digital drives in the past 5 years. None have failed so far
All my Maxtors drives failed within 2 years.

I am a bit bothered by Samsun's 3 years warranty as opposed to WD's 5 actually.
#22
AnnihilatorX
hm I have owned 6 Western Digital drives in the past 5 years. None have failed so far
All my Maxtors drives failed within 2 years.

I am a bit bothered by Samsun's 3 years warranty as opposed to WD's 5 actually.


I was building a media centre PC the other day and decided to use a samsung HDD that had been sat on a shelf getting dusty since for a while (manufactured dec04). Works fine, but slow compared to recent drives. Plan to replace as soon as possible. Anything less than 3 years would bother me.

5 year warranties are good for angling for new drives 4 years down the line as they approach the end of their useful life. :whistling:

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