I've bought an used X40 with a (according to the seller) defective hard disk. While I'm waiting for her to arrive (hopefully before X-mas), I'm thinking which HDD to buy.
As you probably have noticed in the title of the topic, I'm not interested in buying an SSD for now!
To make things clear from the beginning. It's not that I'm against SSDs, is just that for this particular purpose I want to stick to a normal HDD and also show that there are plenty of options available. This is known to many of the forum members here, but I still read many times people or forum members being afraid/scared to buy X4x series due to the infamous "1.8 HDD are rare & expensive" preconception.
So far this is the list of HDDs I'm following:
-Toshiba 60GB MK6028GAL
-Toshiba 80GB MK8009GAH
-Toshiba 80GB MK8022GAA (3600 RPM)
Good choice for low power consumption fans
-Toshiba 80GB MK8025GAL - (My personal choice
, see benchmarks at the end of this page)
-Toshiba 100GB MK1011GAH
-Toshiba 120GB MK1214GAH
-Toshiba 160GB MK1634GAL
-Samsung 60GB HS06THB (Working fine in one of my X41's)
-Samsung 80GB HS081HA
-Samsung 80GB HS082HB
-Samsung 120GB HS12YHA
-Samsung 120GB HS122JC
All of them using a ZIF/IDE adapter of course... (like this one
May I asked people that have/had one of these models to give me your feedback about them and in best case post some benchmarks? I know some of the drives above are in a table compiled by sjthinkpader in this topic here
, and others were bought by others forums members with no benchmarks posted, but the informations is quite dispersed, some of them in really long topics. That's why I'm asking again for the information.
For those experts in storage/HDDs, any comment about the properties, advantages & disadvantages of each model are welcome. For example, I see both Samsung & Toshiba have 2 80GB models, my guess is that the "newer" the model number the better. But it's just my gut feeling only.
One last thing. I'm specially interested in performance. Let's say drive A has more capacity than drive B, but drive B is faster, I will probably stick to drive B. Of course I will then have to consider things like availability, seriouness of the seller and so on, but performance is my main criteria/driver.
I'm looking forward to the feedback comment and replies!
@Edit: Added Toshiba 100GB MK1011GAH
@Edit 16.01.2010: Added Samsung 120GB HS12YHA (thanks ThinkRob)
@Edit 08.03.2010: Added Toshiba 80GB MK8022GAA
@Edit 24.03.2010: Deleted the Toshiba MKxx31Gxx/MKxx34Gxx (see my post 24.03.2010)