With the hope of some extra performance, I would favour a 7200 rpm, as my current HDD, but I couldn't find any other reference (price is not extremely important).
Any better HDD suggestion ?
Thank you very much in advance
* The websites of Hitachi, Samsung and Seagate only list SATA HDD and no IDE/PATA.
* The old laptop is a Fujitsu Siemens Amilo L6825 from 2004. It was originally equipped with a Seagate Momentus 4011 40GB HDD and upgraded in 2007 with an Hitachi 100GB 7200rpm - Travelstar 7K100. As the "candidate" 320Gb WD is only 5400 rpm, I was afraid of losing performance. However a 2009 review listing many results showed the WD3200BEVT (SATA) much better than the old 7K100. So, I bet the WD3200BEVE (although a slower PATA 100 MB/s) should be at least as good as the 7K100. Scorpio review
* Why not a new laptop ? I like matt screen. I don't like 16:9 displays (I prefer 4:3). I don't like very high dpi displays. And the old laptop works fine anyway. No need to choose 32 bit versus 64 OS. No need to search for drivers. Easy. In a couple of years maybe, with a cheap huge SSD and Windows 9 SP5 ;-) .
* WD provides some info related to the "Advanced format" and the need to use their utility but it's unfortunately pretty obscure in my eyes. May have to dig into this... Hope it doesn't apply to the 320GB version ;-)