My local Microcenter has two open box caviar blacks on sale for $50 (500GB, 7200rpm, 32mb cache).
Don't really want to buy a hard drive off newegg because I am worried about it getting damaged in shipping, we've had mishandled packages from both UPS and Fedex in my area. Also even if the store bought drive is bad it's a lot easier to do an in-store return/exchange than shipping it back to newegg.
I was also looking at a 640GB caviar blue for $55 and a 500GB caviar blue for $50 at the same store, both NIB (7200rpm, 16mb cache).
I really don't want any more than 500GB (am only buying one drive right now) but I figured for a $5 difference I should look at the 640GB.
I do want to go with WD because of their 5-year warranty (the warranty on the OB ones should still have most of it left).
How much of a difference in performance (load times and transfer speeds) is there really between the caviar black and the caviar blues?
Would the 500GB blue perform slightly better than the 640GB blue?