With our dollar going up and HDD becoming cheaper. It wasn’t a surprise when CanadaComputer had a sale on the 1tb Hitachi for 80 CAD.
The latest Seagate 7200.12 only uses 2 X 500 GB platter size while the Hitachi uses 5 X 200 GB. The first 1TB was 5 X 200 GB and now it only takes 2 X 500 GB to make a 1TB. So its probably causes more noise/heat and of course less dense data because more platter. Western Digital Black drives are excellent for performance. While their Green drive are excellent for storage file and external enclosure. The 1TB Green range from 100-110 CAD atm but they only have RPM of 5400 RPM.
Its a good deal if you are in need of storage space. I also picked up an external enclosure and a pack of dvd r (it was on sale).
The HDD was for my sister as she ran out of space on her Laptop and needed space. Too bad her laptop doesn’t have eSata port. Most new laptops have those now…
As for the external enclosure Vantec makes pretty decent enclosure, it was the cheapest one on CC with eSata and supports 1 TB drive, 30~ CAD. A side note when buying hdd for desktop, check you have the ports available, I have seen people (specially on RFD) buy hdd and later to find out they don’t have a available port. There is a solution but its better to have thought of that before you made the purchase just incase you don’t want to spend extra to free up the port. Choosing a HDD to put in a enclosure should be cool because most enclosure are passive cooling and of course you want one to be energy efficient!