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Six 2.5” High-Capacity Notebook Hard Drives

Who Sells The Fastest High-Capacity 2.5" Hard Drive?

When we assess the overall performance of 2.5“ hard drives, we find both Western Digital drives at the top of the stack. Overall, the Scorpio Black WD7500BPKT achieves the best benchmark results, impressing us with its high data rates and low access times. While this 7200 RPM drive certainly won’t win any awards for power consumption, you have to expect that from a performance-oriented storage device. On the other hand, it’s not an energy hog either, as it draws a mere 0.9 watts more power than its competitors.

If you value an energy-conscious (and yet, still fast) hard drive, consider the second-place finisher, WD’s Scorpio Blue WD10JPVT. It is not as nimble as the Scorpio Black, but it sports more reasonable power consumption. In spite of its huge 1 TB capacity, the Scorpio Blue is, like the rest of the field, only 9.5 mm (0.374“) high, making it compatible with all notebooks.

The Toshiba MK6461GSYN shows that hard drives don’t necessarily have to switch to Advanced Format to offer high capacity and decent performance. In many cases, the Toshiba drive barely trails the second-place Scorpio Blue WD10JPVT. Overall, there are only minor speed differences.

If your focus isn’t performance-specific, but you instead value energy-saving features instead, Samsung’s Spinpoint M8 models (HN-M500MBB and HN-M101MBB) get a nod, as does Hitachi’s Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384. None of those drives achieve the performance of the WD offerings or Toshiba’s MK6461GSYN, though.

  • arpitnathany
    On the western digital hard disk page the Western Digital Scorpio Black WD7500BPKT is mentioned as 750 TB please correct it.

    Nice article as a whole
  • arpitnathany
    On a lighter note I would love to have a 750 TB drive at that price
  • acyuta
    Good to have all the latest data in one place. Wish Dell had put in the 750GB Scorpio Black instead of 750GB Momentus in my XPS15.

    One minor point: good to know that i7-920 is now part of Sandybridge. Can you check???
  • JeTJL
    Wonder how well these things survive the drop test. If they can survive a fall that a SSD can sustain then I'll be up for it. Other than that wish higher capacity SSDs become cheaper.
  • Zero_
    Talk about a bad time for a hard drive comparison...
  • howardp6
    GoFlex is a Seagate disk product line not Western Digital
  • AppleBlowsDonkeyBalls
    Western Digital hard drives sound good in theory for laptops, but they're not. I would never use one unless they fix a fatal flaw.

    What flaw? The fact that the hard drive automatically goes to sleep (parks its head) after eight seconds of inactivity, and since this is hardwired into the firmware it completely dismisses what you set in your Power Options in the Windows 7 Control Panel. Why is this bad? Because if the HDD is inactive for more than eight seconds it needs to unpark its head, and that creates a very noticeable lag when launching applications or working with files because the process takes a few seconds to complete, not to mention it puts more stress on the HDD mechanics.

    Unless it's simply for a storage drive where you don't care about performance I recommend you go with Seagate, Hitachi, or Samsung for laptop HDDs instead.
  • cadder
    Current prices are a bit higher than what is mentioned in the article, actually pretty scary:

    Hitachi 750GB $140-160
    Samsung 1TB $220
    WD 750GB $160
    WD 1TB $230
  • ewood
    yeah prices are way off
  • youssef 2010
    I'd go with the WD Scorpio Black