Once again, I filled up my 500 GB photo/video hard drive. So I went to Fry's and saw Samsung 750 GB hard drives for $99. As suggested by my "Photo Storage Solution" article (found elsewhere on this site), I always had to buy hard drives in pairs (one for backup). I told the salesperson I wanted two of these drives. He looked questionable at first, but realized that the limit per customer is four.
Then he mentioned that all of the drives on hand are open box or customer returns. I was skeptical at first, "why would anyone return a drive if it works?" First thing that came to my mind was that maybe it's too loud. I had drive that sounds like jet engines. The salesperson mentioned that perhaps those customers wanted drives with retail kits. These Samsung drives are bare. I needed the drives, so I decided to take a chance and bought two of them. The drive is Samsung HD753LG. Specs: 750 GB, 7200 RPM, 32 MB Buffer.
And I'm glad I bought them. After powering them up at home, they were extremely quiet. In fact, they were so quiet, I wondered if the drives were simply defective. So I placed my hand on the drive and felt the vibration and the heat. Even the vibration is extremely subtle. Took me a long time to be sure that it is actually vibrating. The heat is the real give-away. Keep in mind that these drives are not in enclosures of any kind.
I no longer use hard drive enclosures, I use the "Sabrent USB 2.0 to IDESATA Cable for 2.5-Inch 3.5-Inch 5.25-Inch Drive with Power Adapter" (see "Related Links" below) to connect the hard drive directly to my notebook. Using this technique, I can swap hard drives at will without messing with the assorted power supplies and cables that comes with each distinct USB enclosure. While at Fry's, I also picked up the "Coolmax IDE to SATA Multifunction Converter CD-350-COMBO" (see "Related Links" below), which did the same thing as the Sabrent version. But the CoolMax version is neatly packaged into a plastic box, so there isn't a bunch of loose wires to deal with. It's more handy than the Sabrent version.
Overall, I am very pleased with these Samsung HD753LJ hard drives. And they are currently the best bang for the buck.
Wed, 02 Jul 2008 20:10:39 +0000
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