Interested in HDD Western Digital 500GB Caviar Black 32MB

I have a Hitachi 160GB SATA2 8MB HDD and I want to upgrade it. What do you think about WD5001AALS ?
It's the best HDD I can afford, suggest lower priced HDD if you think there is a better one.
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  1. pumaile said:
    I have a Hitachi 160GB SATA2 8MB HDD and I want to upgrade my it. What do you think about WD5001AALS ?
    It's the best HDD I can afford, suggest lower priced HDD if you think there is a better one.


    It really depends on where you are/where you are buying from. There are comparable drives in the price range, but they are priced differently everywhere.
  2. Hi there,

    That is a great new SATA 3 HDD. Good choice. If you could afford the 1TB size, you should consider it. It's sort of like space, you stuff "files" increase to fill up the space you have. $58-$86 at Amazon, free shipping no tax. It's a fast high performance drive with lots of cache. Hard to beat.
  3. The WD5001AALS (500GB Black) in my country (in the stores) it's about 100$ I can't afford anything above it.

    What do you think about the WD640GB (32MB) Caviar Green ?
  4. pumaile said:
    The WD5001AALS (500GB Black) in my country (in the stores) it's about 100$ I can't afford anything above it.

    What do you think about the WD640GB (32MB) Caviar Green ?


    Hi again,

    The WD Cariar Green drives are energy saving HDD's, in that they spin down when they are not addressing I/O requests, then spin up again when needed. So the spin down/spin up takes time making these not performance drives, just more energy efficient drives. The spindle motor takes 12V @ ~ 1 AMP so use 12 Watts power. probablyi 25% of that is inefficient heat, not a lot of energy saved unless you have many of them.

    For performance, use the Caviar Black, for inbetween use Caviar Blue, for slower energy saving use Caviar Green.
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