Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by failurbydesign, Jun 13, 2008.
Whats the largest laptop hd out there? Must be sata and 2.5 inch!
Around about 320GB is the biggest at the moment.
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/136790 - WD Scorpio 320GB
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/137456 - Toshiba 320GB
Here's a link to NewEgg's four 320GB laptop drives. Two are SATA 1 and the other two are SATA 2. I'd go with the Scorpio as Geffy suggested. It's the very highest rated of those four on NewEgg, has a three year warranty, and it's SATA 2. Also, there's only one of them that's cheaper, and it's a negligible price difference.
Samsung does have a 2.5 500GB drive released. Good luck finding it but it is out there. It was released in France a couple months ago and came stateside over the last couple weeks.http://www.engadget.com/2008/06/10/samsung-stops-teasing-brings-spinpoint-m6-500gb-stateside/
Note that these are an external drive that you will need to remove from the enclosure. Also the comments mention that the drive runs very hot which is why they are not being sold as replacment internal drives currently. I haven't really looked into it myself though so I don't have any info other then what is on the engadget site linked above.
can you help me find that drive JPOM?
Hopefully it doesn't get too hot to work correctly in your laptop, or overheat your laptop itself!
Why would this run hotter than a 320gb? Its going in a PS3!
Different drives have different specifications. Because they're jam-packing more into the same tight space? jpom says that the comments on this article say that it runs very hot. Well, I expect a PS3 to have more room for airflow than a laptop.
True, ill be getting one soon, need to pick up the ps3, play around, and get the hang of the unit (adding videos and such) before i get the drive, bit soon..very very soon!
Yup I'm looking for a drive for my PS3 also. [have a 60gig].
This seems to be just right.
the 60 gb is good? I have about 250GB of videos and such, so im thinking ill find a cheap 320 for now and get a 500gb later! Btw, whats the average % lost on a 320gb hd after its formatted?
320,000,000,000 bytes / 1024 /1024 /1024 = 298 gigabytes in windows.
there is a 250 gig 2.5 drive for 64.99 after 20 dollar mail in rebate at zipzoomfly.
great price per GB
how does t hat work?
What precisely do you mean, failurbydesign?
Hard drive manufacturers use the literal metric system (which is technically correct but extremely annoying and inconsistent with all other computer-related measurements) so a 320GB hard drive equals 320 billion bytes just as Taurus wrote out. Where the computer measurement of 320GB would equal to 343,597,383,680 bytes, which is 320 x 1024 x 1024 x 1024.
So, Taurus showed that in order to find out what a "320GB" hard drive will come out to in computer measurements, divide it by 1024 three times and you get 298.023223876953125 Gigabytes.
Computer measurements use 1024 instead of 1000 because it's the closest power of 2. 2 x 2 = 4 x 2 = 8 x 2 = 16 x 2 = 32 x 2 = 64 x 2 = 128 x 2 = 256 x 2 = 512 x 2 = 1024; that's 2 to the power of 10. And it's very natural for a computer to deal with things in powers of 2.
thats a lot to take in.... thanks!
You're welcome, and sorry!
yeah, lots of people buy a harddrive, install and format it, and wonder why there's space "missing". what's funny is when someone leaves a review on newegg or something and explain that's how much space was used up by formatting. :crosseyed:
i know its common, but just didn't know how much per gb!