- 7200 RPM
- 16MB Cache
- SATA 3.0Gb/s
- 3 years limited
Started Dying In the First Week (Sony Vaio Running Vista) 04/29/2008
Decent speed once your remove the jumper, which required thin tweezers with good grips. Cloning was fast coming from a 160GB 5400RPM Hitachi.
Hardly lasted the first week. Started clicking here and there initially, then gradually increased. Clicked like crazy while writing data, even when simply surfing the Web (which writes content to the browser's cache). I even got my first BSOD on Vista, which diagnostics said was caused by hard drive failure. I thought BSODs were a thing of the past with Vista. Apparently, not so. Oh well.
Initially, the drive ran slower than the old 5400RPM Hitachi. Firefox lagged considerably. After my BSOD, I cloned the drive back to my original drive, removed the jumper and rebooted without the jumper. The drive did speed up a bit, but it wasn't much faster than the original Hitachi. Perhaps I Runs quite hot ~55C when not elevated.
Used in a Sony VAIO VGN-C290 running Vista Business.
I am looking at the 5400RPM 250GB Toshiba 3.0Gb/s drive as its replacement.
I choose this drive because it was rated 5 eggs, but I'm assuming success with this drive is hit-and-miss. Vista also had some slight ailments the first few times I used the drive, such as a grungy-white bootscreen (which fortunately went away after it finished booting - scary though).
Also, don't use canned air to cool the computer, as the propellant turns into a toxic gas when used on a hot surface (according to the cautions on the can). I did this thinking it'd be fine, but the resulting gas lingered a while and it clung to my throat for hours. Nasty stuff.
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