G73JH 2nd Hard Drive buying help

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  1. bighfr

    bighfr Newbie

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    Hey I've had a G73JH laptop for almost a year now and I've decided to buy a 2nd hard drive. I've already read the stickies and done research on having to buy another caddy and such. Before I begin on the great search of hard drives and figuring out what kind work or don't work I've decided to ask you guys on what kind of hard drives you got for your laptops and how they are working for you.

    My personal price range is 60-100$ and any deals or sales you came across while searching for your hard drives would be most appreciated. As for size of hard drive I'm probably going to get a 500gb, but as I said if I could find a larger size for a good price I wouldn't mind going higher. If you have any info or words of wisdom of higher price or larger hard drives then please share as they will most certainly help any others who are also looking to purchase a hard drive.
     
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    jackal516 Notebook Enthusiast

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    mharidas VLSI/FAB Engineer

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    Two questions and possible suggestions:

    1) Whats the size of your current HDD and because of that how much more of a capacity are you looking for?


    If you need a lot a regular 7200rpm HDD is what you need.

    Any brand like Western Digital Black or Seagate momentous should do.


    2) Do you want super speed and low latencies?


    SSD is the way to go. Provided you have large regular HDD already. Just make that as your storage and shift all your main applications and OS to the SSD. 120GB should be fine. Is going to cost more than 150USD, but the speed difference is well worth the price.
     
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    Yiddo Believe, Achieve, Receive

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    SSD is the way I started a thread about this here:

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/asus-gaming-notebook-forum/601886-g73jh-ssd-newb.html

    To be honest if you already have a 7200RPM with enough space then you only really need 40GB to run the OS system on the Primary mine has only used 30GB tops. However, it does help with games and software to run them from the SSD as well to speed everything up. I personally found my 96GB kingston so good for the price I decided to bin my failing HDD and pick up another giving me 192GB of SSD for only £150. Just delete what you dont need and an SSD is plenty.
     
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    Abula Puro Chapin

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    If you want an ssd i would go with SAMSUNG 470 Series MZ-5PA064B/AM 2.5" 64GB SATA II $99.99.

    If you're not interested in ssds, and more looking for mechanical hdds, my personal preference is hitachi, but WD is also good, specially the Black Scorpios are probably the fastest mechanical 2.5 drives,

    Hitachi Travelstar 2.5 Inch 500 GB 7200 RPM SATA II 16 MB Cache Internal Hard Drive 0S02858 $61
    Western Digital WD Scorpio Black 500 GB SATA II 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM 2.5 Inch Mobile Hard drive - WD5000BPKT $66

    Now if you are looking for pure storage, the new samsung m8 are getting great reviews,
    Samsung SpinPoint SATA 5400rpm 8 MB Cache 1 TB 2.5-Inch Hard Drive (M8 HN-M101MBB) $90
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint M8 HN-M101MBB 1TB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive $90

    Personally i would like the combo of Samsung 470 (OS n Apps) + Samsung M8 (storage).
     
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    tijo Sacred Blame Super Moderator

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    madnj Notebook Consultant

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    I actually went with a Seagate Momentus XT 500GB hybrid drive. My system had a 640GB 5400 RPM drive when new, but I wanted both storage AND decent performance. The Hybrid drive while not giving me full SSD level performance, pushed my usable storage to over 1TB which is great for people like me who use their laptop as their main system.

    I may at some point invest in a SSD for my system drive, but I'd have to buy a disk caddy for my optical drive bay so that I can have the best of all worlds.
     
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    tijo Sacred Blame Super Moderator

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    Well, since you have two drive bays and the G73 fits even fat 2.5mm drives, you could get a SSD and a 1TB to keep the optical and buy enclosures for the other drives you replaced.
     
  9. madnj

    madnj Notebook Consultant

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    True, that's a possibility... I personally find myself NEVER using the optical drive, so I might just do away with it at some point... Only time it gets used is for reinstalling windows, and even that can be done off a thumbdrive if I set it up right.

    I saw the post where someone setup 2 1TB drives and a boot SSD. That's a pretty sick setup, although I don't like the fact that all 1TB options I've seen are 5400 RPM. Basically you are limited to whatever you can fit on the SSD if you want disk performance and all other disk is just storage.

    I suppose if I had a 160GB SSD that would be enough space, but I like having a decent capacity high speed spindle drive for things that don't need SSD performance, but I still want performance from.

    The thought of having 2TB of storage plus an SSD makes me happy in the pants though...
     
  10. Yiddo

    Yiddo Believe, Achieve, Receive

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    2x mid range SSD FTW. ;)

    I found myself using 500gb to store crap I only thought I needed. By deleting what I dont need and keeping things nice and clean and tidy 200gb of SSD is plenty and when you have a lot of storage it really does slow down on a mechanical drive.

    Not to mention the most important reason to buy an SSD. When you punch the laptop it does not damage the drive like it does with a mechanical drive and you all know what im talking about. Tried and proven. :D
     
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