- Boots and performs like an SSD, PC& Mac Compatible
- Up to 5× faster than a traditional 5400-RPM HDD
- Height:9.5 mm
- 3-year limited warranty
- $99.99 –
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Big improvement over standard 5400 HDD 04/05/2013
Faster boot time over standard HDD (to fully usable state)
Much cheaper per GB than an SSD
Fits in laptops or desktops (although you may need an adapter for your desktop, this is a bare drive).
Whether of not there are cons depends on what you're comparing it against:
5400 HDD - No cons, you come out ahead in read/write times
7200 HDD - Pretty much break even in read/write times
SSD - Much slower, no contest
I cloned this and three other drives with the same image, then compared boot times and read/write performance (using AS SSD). My test bed was limited to SATA 3.0Gb/s but only the SSD was held back by this limitation. This is what I came up with using my very unscientific methods:
Boot = 45 seconds. Read = 86. Write = 115
Hitachi 5400 HDD:
Boot = 75 seconds. Read = 49. Write = 48
Hitachi 7200 HDD:
Boot = 55 seconds. Read = 104. Write = 113.
Boot = 30 seconds. Read = 229. Write = 192.
The way I see it, if you're swapping with a 5400 HDD in your laptop or netbook you'll get a measurable performance boost and lots of storage, a very worthwhile trade and worth five stars. If you already have a comparably sized 7200 the cost will be harder to justify. And SSDs are all about speed at the expense of storage, so you'll have to decide which is more important to you.
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