So I am looking for a replacement drive < 30$.
I have purchased USED Hitachi Travelstar 5K100 and 7K100 HDD(s) from eBay (and my local computer recycler) without issues.
I would purchase a USED 5400/7200rpm HDD before I would purchase a NEW 4200rpm.
Also, I would purchase 100GB or larger and
Use partition management software to allocate 55GB for C: partition (assuming that you place temporary work-in-progress data in "My Desktop" and "My Documents" and allocate the rest for E: partition for finalized data that you would like to keep.
But again, if you were satisfied with your Windows XP start-up time and internet file download speeds, I am not going to persuade you to purchase a faster HDD.
7K100 Spec sheethttp://www.hitachigst.com/tech/techlib. ... _sp1.3.pdf
4.2 Data Sheet
Data transfer (buffer to/from media) (Mbps): 267-629
ULTRA DMA 100 (Mbyte/sec): 100
Disk-buffer data transfer (Mb/s): 267-629
Buffer host data transfer (MB/s): 100
Average random seek time - read (ms): 10
Average random seek time - write (ms): 11