Alright, with boxing day around the corner, and with some spare cash I'm thinking about going for a mechanical hard drive. Initially I was going for an 480GB or 256GB ssd but because I only have $60~ to spend I can pick up a hard drive on sale.
The "Seagate Momentus XT 500GB Solid State Hybrid SATA Drive 2.5IN" is on sale for $40. It claims to have the speed of an SSD, yet the only way it says how it uses SSD technology is that it "uses algorithms to monitor data usage in real time, ensuring frequently used data is stored in the NAND flash memory" which sounds kind of stupid, but hey if this is a great hybrid drive then I'd like to know why.
My other option, is a Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 7200RPM SATA3 64MB Cache 3.5in Internal Hard Drive on sale for $60.
Now, as much as I need space, I also like speed (as an avid gamer). I don't know much about either brands or these specific items. Also if you know of any sales on hard drives on Canadian websites I would appreciate it.