Best upgrade I have ever made to a computer
This noticeably sped up my HP laptop computer, especially start-up (boot-up) time (about 25 seconds now) and wake up time (2 to 4 seconds). I replaced a 500 gig hard drive with this 256 gig SSD. Don't do this unless you are comfortable re-installing your computer system, although you won't need to reinstall it: there is a better way. The process is greatly simplified if you have an external USB-SATA connector and are comfortable cloning a disk drive.
Roomy back up
My son put this on my PC and it works fine. The drive was easy to install, fit well, and has no glitches or problems. It's a good idea to have a backup hard drive. All the photos, the recipes, videos on the computer than can be lost so quickly are worth investing in a backup hard drive. Once installed it's easy to use, no formatting or any special work, just plug and go
I've been running 3 of these in RAIDZ on FreeNas 8. Great storage for the money and pretty quick for 7200rpm drives. No complaints here! They do make a little bit of noise when spooling up, but its not that loud. Then again, the rest of my server is dead quiet, so that's why you can hear them.
This drive has been performing very well for about a month. The performance is excellent and the setup of the actual drive was very straightforward. However, the setup required for Windows XP to keep it from banging the drive to death is HORRENDOUS! There is a lot of info online about how to do it, but a comprehensive collection is difficult to come by. As always, remember, it's not IF your hard drive will die...it's when. Solid product...so far.
Great value as a quiet, performance drive
When we consider the qualities we like to see in a "green" hard drive, the Deskstar 5K3000 2TB is middle of the road. Its energy efficiency is unable to touch WD's Caviar Green series, though it is a big improvement over Seagate's Barracuda Green/LP. The 5K3000 is a very quiet drive, but again, can't match the Caviar Greens, which are practically inaudible.
Good Price Per Gigabyte
Performance is typically one of the areas that suffers most for green classed hard drives. Hitachi's Deskstar 5K3000 seems to buck this trend by offering better performance than the competition in terms or reading and writing data to the drive. The downside is that it isn't as cool or quiet as the competition. It is still a good choice for those looking to add some extra storage space to a desktop for a great price for the 2TB model.
These drives are excellent. For those having difficulty recognizing more than 2TB of the drive, you need to set the drive up with a GUID(GPT) partition instead of a MBR partition in system administrator. The rest is simple. Drive is fast, quiet and reliable. I have 6 of them. All are being run in Win 7 Ultimate without any issues!
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