170 MB/s interface bandwidth is more than enough for a mobile hard drive.
Seems to be the perfect drive for my circular livingroom pc. Been impossible to fit a standard 3,5" drive in a it, and this thing's faster than the drive I tried to fit....
Try review the black edition. It seem that the black edition is the fastest 7200 rpm?
This entire review is pounding the idea this drive is the best in this category but it could be better. Yet another point in the article is that it is better and cheaper than it's previous version. I'm sure WD will come up with a "green" laptop hard drive with these idle power features the author referred to quite a number of times, but until then this drive looks awesome. I myself have a SSD, and tweaked with the OCZ webpage suggestions. But as my 64GB was quickly filled after one months worth of typical use I find myself looking for a daily use hard drive once again. This might just be it, or the WD Scorpio Black.
I thought the Seagate Momentus 5400.6 has been out for longer than this drive...I believe it is 250GB/platter, and achieves 500GB in a 2 platter configuration, just like this WD. I'd actually be curious to see a comparison of the two.Oh, and liemfukliang: the black editions are all 7200RPM. There aren't any 7200RPM 500GB drives on the market yet, though Seagate's 7200.4 drives should be out soon at 250GB/platter.
Fewer platters is better? Since when?The more platters you have, the more disk accesses you have working in parallel. That's the whole point of RAID 0 and RAID 10.
Nice review, but, DANG !! I just got my WD Blue 320GB for Thanksgiving (Canuck Version) last fall, would've been nice to get this, but considering I got it for $80C /$65US and the new one is $140C right now, I don't feel too bad. Anywhoo, gonna grab an SSD soon enough anyways, so it won't matter so much.Thanks again for the look at the new drive.
These huge 5400rpm notebook drives are perfect for someone like me with a dual bay laptop. It currently only has a Momentus 7200.2 160gb and a 5400rpm 120gb in it, but once the OCZ Vertex drives are out I'll be looking to replace them for better performance and be able to stop lugging around a 500gb external drive at the same time. Like cjl, I'd be interested in a Momentus 5400.6 500gb review to know which drive will be best on my battery and heat on my lap.
I just purchased the 1Tb version and was disappointed to find that it was bundled with a bunch of "30 day trial" software that did not reveal the 'trial" nature until after it was installed. The hardware looks great,but if they have to me about one thing, what else are they lying about? Back to the vendor it goes ...
OffTopic: Let me get this straight, you bought a 1TB HD because presumably you wanted a big fast inexpensive HD. The drive came with some "free" bonus software which turned out to be trial-ware.And now you want to return the drive, not because there is anything wrong with the HD but because of the software?Hmmm, maybe I missed something? Was there something about the packaging that lead you to choose this drive specifically because of the included software?Maybe it's just me, but I still remember the day not that long ago when a 1 Gig HD cost $1000 and came with no software. That's right disk drives used to cost $1000 per gig and the biggest you could get was about 5 gig.Why not just ignore the software?
What about heat? These babies usually rest just under your hand palms.My current 320 WD Scorpio Blue can get pretty warm inside my MacBook Pro. With the aluminium casing, it can feel pretty damn hot.
i just purchased two of the Scorpio black 320s for mu laptops and damn they are awesomely fast. My old Macbook had a 60 gb 5400 rpm turd in it before. The reads were so slow that it was bottlenecking my 10/100 network connection. lol.thanks for the awesome review! i am glad you compared as many drives as you did, especially mine.
I really liked the review. I was looking t the DIY notebooks and didnt really know if a SSD or mechanical hard drive would be the best. I have a WD Cavalir Black 1 TB in my desktop and love it. I wish the WD blue had a higher cache than 8 megs. but in all it was an excellent review. very informative to ones considering a future purchase. Good job!A very well informed article of numerous hard drives.
Hallo. Has anyone successfully put a WD5000BEVT into a MacBook? I'm considering it!
I put one in my MacBook Pro, glauco. It's been a solid champ for a few months now.
Thanks for the info. I've googled further and found that others have happily done the same. Ciao!