dealswestern digital caviar blue wd5000aakx 500gb 7200…

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Not a bad deal, but you can get a 1TB Samsung Spinpoint (better reviews) for about $55 on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-Cache-Desktop-HD103SJ/dp/B001U3S5S0/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1299284036&sr=8-5

The Spinpoints have better reviews than the WD drives too, so that's just a bonus.

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This is not a "fair price;" it's the typical price for a 500GB drive ($10 off this particular model). Sure it might be of interest one of the few people who own a mobo and SATA wires that both run at 6.0gb/s, but for the 99% of us who are capped at 3.0gb/s there's really no rush to pounce on this "deal."

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@capguncowboy: Please notice the Samsung you linked is a 5400 RPM and not a 6gb/sec drive either.

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@metanoia29: There is absolutely no difference between SATA 3.0 gbps and SATA 6 gbps wires, just the coloring scheme.

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@beaverspork: The title says 5400, but the description says 7200. Who knows?

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There is no such thing as a SATA 6.0 hard drive. Except for some SSD's, there are no drives that will even use the full speed of SATA 3.0. It's a marketing gimmick, like HDMI 1.4 cables.

Besides, spend $15 more and pick up the Samsung F3 drive. It is actually faster and has twice the storage.