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Hitachi website - 7K100, 100 GB PATA HD is unavailable

#1 Post by XCoalMiner » Wed Jun 04, 2008 11:46 pm

Neither newegg nor zzf have had this drive listed for a few weeks. And now Hitachi's website, when you do Buy Online, and look for an Online Reseller, lists the drive as Unavailable (model HTS721010G9AT00, usable in a T41).

I was waiting for a 7K200 model, but I recently noticed it does not come in a PATA model. So I decided to pick up an extra 7K100.

I hope these are not permanently unavailable. Does anyone know when they might be available again?

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#2 Post by rain1984 » Thu Jun 05, 2008 11:40 am

It is available in China :-) I am not sure
http://auction1.taobao.com/auction/item ... 34fe.jhtml
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#3 Post by ajkula66 » Thu Jun 05, 2008 12:07 pm

All manufacturers have been phasing out 7200rpm PATA drives, to the point of them becoming extremely scarce and commanding insane prices on eBay...good luck finding a new one for a reasonable amount of money....
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#4 Post by XCoalMiner » Thu Jun 05, 2008 1:36 pm

What the heck! That's bad news. They are basic replacement parts for the T41 line.

I hesitated to buy a spare a few months ago. Now I can't find any, but haven't looked on eBay, ... yet.

Do you know if they will be completely eliminated, or just the available avaiable quantities will be much less that in the past?

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#5 Post by XCoalMiner » Thu Jun 05, 2008 4:08 pm

rain1984 wrote:It is available in China :-) I am not sure
http://auction1.taobao.com/auction/item ... 34fe.jhtml
That looks like 920 Yuan, which is approximately 135 USD. A good price for that Hitachi drive.

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#6 Post by ajkula66 » Thu Jun 05, 2008 4:33 pm

Well, plan on spending that or a bit more if you find one around here...
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#7 Post by SteveS » Fri Jun 06, 2008 4:03 pm

I have worked in the drive industry in the past, and can tell you that a particular model of HD is ONLY produced as long as the manufacturer has active contracts with computer (or server) manufacturers. The production lines which build these drives are highly automated, and can not be operated efficiently with low volume. The aftermarket upgrade and replacement drive market simply does not provide the volume demand needed to keep on of these lines running.

All new notebook computers are using SATA drives, so it is natural that PATA source has dried up. If you search long enough, you will still fand a few dealers who have inventories left. They will dry up soon, so act fast.
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#8 Post by Johan » Fri Jun 06, 2008 4:36 pm

SteveS wrote:I have worked in the drive industry in the past, and can tell you that a particular model of HD is ONLY produced as long as the manufacturer has active contracts with computer (or server) manufacturers. The production lines which build these drives are highly automated, and can not be operated efficiently with low volume. The aftermarket upgrade and replacement drive market simply does not provide the volume demand needed to keep on of these lines running.

All new notebook computers are using SATA drives, so it is natural that PATA source has dried up. If you search long enough, you will still fand a few dealers who have inventories left. They will dry up soon, so act fast.
Steve,

Very interesting information, you share - thanks! Two questions:

1) During the past week, I have been searching QUITE a bit for a couple of (new!) 2.5" 7200 rpm ATA-drives to keep as spares for my T42's, and I am having great difficulties finding any (I have been looking - Worldwide - for the Hitachi 7k100-series and the Seagate Momentus 7200.1 series). Until recently (the spring this year) Hitachi drives were sold - as new - with (as far as I recall) 2- or 3-years of manufacturers warranty. Seagate sold their Momentus 7200.1 with a 5-year warranty. Now what I wonder is this: Do you have any non-confidential "inside information" about how the manufacturers in reality are able to honor this warranty in a few years time beyond end-of-production, if their production lines have been shut completely, permanently down?? Do the ye.g. carry some stock of HDD's reserved for warranty-replacement??

2) Would you by any coincidence happen to be able to point to any low-volume distributor (anywhere in the World!) who you believe would be able to sell some 5-10 pcs. new 7200 rpm 2.5" ATA HDD's? All tips are very welcome - and I am sure that there are many other ThinkPad-owners than I who would also like to get at spare HDD!

Thanks in advance for any feedback to the above questions!

PS: Strangely, the E7k100 drives (intended for servers) are still widely available?!

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#9 Post by XCoalMiner » Fri Jun 06, 2008 11:26 pm

In the consolation prize department, NewEgg has 160Gb and 120Gb 5400 rpm Hitachi TravelStar PATA drives for $70 each, the 160Gb drive includes free shipping. TigerDirect has the 160Gb and 120Gb for $60 and $65.

Johan, I've spent a few hours looking at just about every online retailer, including those that sell exclusively to corporate IT depts. And it looks like eBay is the only place to get them. One 'web storefront' in California that I called offered to take my credit card number and 'let me know' when they 'come in'. I said no thanks.

Reluctantly, I believe what ajkula66 and everyone else say about availability.

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#10 Post by Johan » Sat Jun 07, 2008 3:42 pm

@ XCoalMiner:

I just sent you a PM.

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#11 Post by Tim M » Tue Jun 10, 2008 12:24 am

I'd also be interested in knowing if anyone finds a small cache of these drives (Hitachi or Seagate). The best offer I've seen is $125 for a single drive from another forum member, but some unexpected high-dollar expenses prevent me from purchasing right away.

I'm sure if someone can source 5-10 drives, there would be no difficulty in selling them off to other ThinkPad owners.

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#12 Post by SteveS » Thu Jun 12, 2008 11:40 am

Johan wrote:
During the past week, I have been searching QUITE a bit for a couple of (new!) 2.5" 7200 rpm ATA-drives to keep as spares for my T42's, and I am having great difficulties finding any (I have been looking - Worldwide - for the Hitachi 7k100-series and the Seagate Momentus 7200.1 series). Until recently (the spring this year) Hitachi drives were sold - as new - with (as far as I recall) 2- or 3-years of manufacturers warranty. Seagate sold their Momentus 7200.1 with a 5-year warranty. Now what I wonder is this: Do you have any non-confidential "inside information" about how the manufacturers in reality are able to honor this warranty in a few years time beyond end-of-production, if their production lines have been shut completely, permanently down?? Do the ye.g. carry some stock of HDD's reserved for warranty-replacement??
Yes, PC manufacturers have to keep an inventory of components no longer available to honor warranty liability. For high volume vendors like Lenovo and Dell, this can be a huge inventory. But volume has advantages as well, as they can generate very accurate models of failure rates based on large history, so they don't end up buying a lot of extra inventory which never gets used. Every so often this fails, when a part has a non linear failure rate with operating time, and suddenly has a high failure rate just at the end of the warranty period.
The inventory costs can be huge and must be factored into the business model when pricing the product.
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#13 Post by XCoalMiner » Thu Jun 12, 2008 12:10 pm

That is an interesting idea, but I'm not sure the 7200 rpm, 100 Gb PATA drives were offered as OEM options in any ThinkPads, that I am aware of. If this is incorrect, someone reply please.

And perhaps this explains why Lenovo does not list these drives as available under their Accessories & Upgrades > Storage section.

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#14 Post by SteveS » Thu Jun 12, 2008 3:10 pm

As listed in the T43 26xx series HMM, part number 39T2583 - 100 GB 7200 RPM HGST hard drive were supplied with some T43 series.

This one is in the list in the HD FW update software from Lenovo, and can be successfully flashed to eliminate the 2010 error.
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#15 Post by Johan » Thu Jun 12, 2008 3:33 pm

Tim M wrote:I'd also be interested in knowing if anyone finds a small cache of these drives (Hitachi or Seagate). The best offer I've seen is $125 for a single drive from another forum member, but some unexpected high-dollar expenses prevent me from purchasing right away.

I'm sure if someone can source 5-10 drives, there would be no difficulty in selling them off to other ThinkPad owners.
A (sad) comment to this: Last week (and also to some extent during this week), I have "Google'd" around quite a bit, trying to find a small amount of new, unused 2.5" 7200 rpm ATA/IDE/PATA HDD's, because I wanted to grab a couple to keep in stock, as spare parts for the T42's which I am "in charge of". As the most shops I found - claiming to have such drives in stock - were located in the USA, XCoalMiner kindly offered to try call these shops/stores, to check up on the HDD's claimed to be in stock actually also were - or if it was only old info? So, XCoalMiner has spent a good deal of effort to investigate my and his own info (links), but the end result is that there are no such HDD's in stock, anywhere we looked (except for a single one, with a $250 price tag). Very bad news for us trying to grab a few drives at this time... :-(

Below, just FYI, I have included a list of the shops/stores I discovered claiming to still have one of these drives in stock - feel free to inquire to these shops yourself, and kindly share here if you actually manage find any drives either there or elsewhere - thanks in advance! Maybe we could pool up and make a volume-buy??

PS: I also discovered a shop in Hong Kong, claiming to have > 500 of the 100 GB Hitachi's in stock, so I wrote and asked for an quotation (on 50 pcs.). Since then, I have almost been flooded with offers from various Hong Kong and Chinese "sellers" (some quotations even in Chinese!!); these "sellers" offering very good prices indeed - as low as $12!! What's a bit funny is that they almost all suggest that I pay using some "Escrow" service, in the case I might doubt their credibility?! I am apparently expected to believe more in the "Escrow-service"?!! Ooh boy, scams all over - far out! But the prices surely were good!! :wink:

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*** These are the drives/shops I have found, still claiming that they carry 2.5" 7200rpm PATA's (in stock?) and at fair/interesting prices: ***

Hitachi HTS721060G9AT00 (TRAVELSTAR 7K100 60GB ATA6 2.5IN 7200RPM 8MB 0A25022) --> Priorityelectronics claimed price $170 (very expensive!!)

Hitachi HTS721010G9AT00 (TRAVELSTAR 7K100 100GB ATA6 2.5IN 7200RPM 8MB 0A25015) --> Akromo claimed price $117 or --> Calmicro "in stock" claimed price $130 or --> Tradeloop in stock?

Seagate Momentus 7200.1 ST910021A (100 GB) --> Akromo claimed price $113 or --> Calmicro claimed price $125 "in stock"

Seagate Momentus 7200.1 ST980825A (80 GB) --> Akromo claimed price $94

Seagate Momentus 7200.1 ST96023A (60 GB) --> Akromo claimed price $84

Updated edit: XCoalMiner just informed that there is one supplier with 7k100 actually drives in stock Berkcom - but with a very hefty price tag: $341!
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Hitachi 100GB 7200rpm drives - FOUND

#16 Post by geedog » Mon Jun 23, 2008 11:26 am

First time poster, long time TP user...

First, let me say that my search for the Hitachi 100GB 7200 PATA has been far, wide, and long and has taken me to some shady outlets, making me wonder if some of these places online are identity theft fronts (BTW, CalMicro does NOT have any 100GB drives despite listing 308 as being available). I think I might have spent a little too much time looking...but my R50p has the base 60GB 4200rpm and I really want this thing to last a little longer...

Anyway, Ebay seems like the best place to go. I just bid and won :D a new IBM branded (39T2585 - yes, the really expensive one) Hitachi 7K100 7200rpm PATA for my R50p for a good price. I found it doing some Ebay searches like (just cut and paste):

7200 (ide, ata-6, pata) (notebook, 2.5, 9.5, 2.5", 9.5mm) (hitachi, travelstar)
39T2585
(0a25015, 0a25022, 0a25023)

There are some available right now (as of June 23 2008):

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... :IT&ih=002
(used, like new, BIN)

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... :IT&ih=020
(used, 2 available, BIN)

Hope this helps anyone. FINALLY I can reload XP...
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#17 Post by Johan » Mon Jun 23, 2008 3:56 pm

Welcome to the forum, geedog!

I agree with you about the difficulties in finding brand-new 7200 rpm 2.5" ATA/PATA HDD's - it's not very easy! However, I can't stop asking myself if they are really all gone, everywhere, Worldwide, totally and completely... or there may still be a few in stock, here and there? The store/shop Look24PC.com claim to have 80 GB Seagate 7200 rpm 2.5" PATA's in stock, although at $150... which is a bit expensive. Please share your info, if you would happen to come across any other shop(s) still carrying new such HDD's in stock.

PS: I saw you win the HDD on eBay, you mention - and guess who was the second-highest bidder.. :-( Oh, well, that's life! :wink:

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#18 Post by Aroc » Tue Jun 24, 2008 11:06 pm

Not to throw salt on everyone's wound, but I unluckly obtained (a few months back) a small stash of the 80GB 7k100 drives for my company because I knew supplies for ATA-6 drives were starting to dry up and outstrip demand. I had simply figured the 80 and 100GB 7k100 drives (and Momentus 7200.1 ATA-6) would slowly creep up to about $250 or so (witness the price of DDR 333 SO-DIMMs as supplies waned). but I never imagined the supplies would dry up for the 7k100.

However, today, for users other than those with T43 (SATA to ATA bridge and 2010 warnings) I would pick up the Western Digital 250GB 5400rpm drive. If I was shopping today, that's the drive I would probably get (for non-T43 uses) for the money. It's supposed to perform about as good as the 100GB 7200rpm 7k100, if you can believe the internet reviews.

Sadly all that we may have left will be 'el-cheap $50-80 ATA-6 drives with lackluster (read: cheap replacements for budget Dells and the ilk).

I figure when I run out of my small stash, I'll start to junk the computers as they probably won't be worth fixing/upgrading. We ran into a similar problem with Rambus memory systems (it was cheaper to buy a whole new computer in cases) near the end of their lifespans.

Happy hunting,

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#19 Post by Tim M » Tue Jun 24, 2008 11:19 pm

Well, I just received a "gently used" 100 GB 7200 rpm PATA Hitachi drive from another forum member for $115. The drive had an IBM FRU label and metal cage, so it is definitely an OEM part. Diagnostics indicated that the drive had only 43 hours' worth of on time. After some cloning frustration, the drive is now working flawlessly in my TP as I type this.

As for the unexpected expenses? I needed to get a new hood for my car after losing an argument with an SUV. Four days later, a freak hailstorm has dinged my shiny brand-new hood. :cry: Hello, dent-puller.
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#20 Post by wkcar » Fri Jun 27, 2008 11:36 am

I've been looking for this drive too with no luck. Pricegrabber shows a store with 45+ instock for $138, but when I contacted them they said they don't have them anymore. I guess I'll just have to watch ebay for this drive

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#21 Post by Ogg » Sun Jun 29, 2008 3:53 pm

Aroc wrote:However, today, for users other than those with T43 (SATA to ATA bridge and 2010 warnings) I would pick up the Western Digital 250GB 5400rpm drive. If I was shopping today, that's the drive I would probably get (for non-T43 uses) for the money. It's supposed to perform about as good as the 100GB 7200rpm 7k100, if you can believe the internet reviews.
The WD 250GB 5400rpm PATA (WD2500BEVE) seems to be a worthy alternative at only $113 here in Canada. Some reviewers claim that it runs even quieter than the 7k100 and with little to no noticeable difference in performance. The WD at 5400rpm would run cooler too.
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#22 Post by qviri » Sun Jun 29, 2008 4:56 pm

Ogg wrote:Some reviewers claim that it runs even quieter than the 7k100 and with little to no noticeable difference in performance.
The 7K100 is comparable in terms of performance to my now year-old Seagate 5400.3, so yes, I would expect that the new WD with much higher platter density at least matches it as well.
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#23 Post by Spaghetti » Sat Jul 05, 2008 7:07 pm

Hi,
Does anyone know anything about this hard drive (the WD2500BEVE 250gb) in an X23? I'm reallly interested in getting one, and it's available at an online shop here in the UK right now. I'm worried about all these stories of laptops not recognising the full capacity - I'm not 100% savvy with computers and don't want to end up buying something I won't be able to use to its full potential!

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#24 Post by agarza » Tue Jul 08, 2008 11:42 pm

I feel relived that I ordered a 7K100 back in 2006 where I bought a new T42p that strangely came with a 5400rpm drive. I still have one E7K100 drive as a spare. The 7K100 is a very fast HDD, a shame they're discontinuing it.
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#25 Post by Spaghetti » Thu Jul 10, 2008 2:31 pm

Well just to let you all know, I took the plunge and ordered the Western Digital WD2500BEVE 250Gb PATA drive. It arrived a couple of days ago and I cloned it over with no problems bar checkdisk errors. It's partitioned into 40Gb for the main drive and the rest for storage - no problems with the full capacity not being recognised! I was supposed to clone it with an ultrabay adapter, but the ebay seller sold me the wrong one so I had to knock up a connection using a the interface from an external desktop drive and a notebook-to-desktop IDE converter. The cloning process took 15 hours (usb 1.0... :oops:) but it's all fine! Coincidentally my 512mb Crucial RAM arrived on the same day so I was able to install both components and witness quite an astounding transformation of speed!! :D

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#26 Post by Johan » Thu Jul 10, 2008 4:49 pm

Spaghetti wrote:... I took the plunge and ordered the Western Digital WD2500BEVE 250Gb PATA drive.

<snip>

Coincidentally my 512mb Crucial RAM arrived on the same day so I was able to install both components and witness quite an astounding transformation of speed!! :D
Congratulations with your new WD2500BEVE, and your new speedy lifestyle!! As to the speed improvement you report, it is most likely the sum of your two, simultaneous improvements; adding RAM (perhaps doubling from 512 MB to 1 GB, and running Win XP Pro SP2?), and the new drive. As for the HDD speed improvement, your post is a bit hard to "judge" the improvement from, since you don't mention which HDD you had previously... an old, slow 4200 rpm (?), or an older generation 5400 rpm compared to your new WD??

Once you have used your WD2500BEVE for a bit more time, I would be interested to hear of in your actual experience - does it appear hotter than your older drive (and what about your battery time now?), and what about its mechanical noise... does it make any mechanical "hum" or any of the "clicking sounds" that WD's drives are often reported emitting? FYI, see e.g. the user reviews at Newegg for the WD2500BEVE, if you are uncertain about what I am talking about. Also, try Google after "WD2500BEVE + noise" and see what comes up. This is my only worry about the WD "Scorpio" HDD's, otherwise I would get one myself, immediately!

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#27 Post by Spaghetti » Thu Jul 10, 2008 5:17 pm

Johan wrote:
Spaghetti wrote:... I took the plunge and ordered the Western Digital WD2500BEVE 250Gb PATA drive.

<snip>

Coincidentally my 512mb Crucial RAM arrived on the same day so I was able to install both components and witness quite an astounding transformation of speed!! :D
Congratulations with your new WD2500BEVE, and your new speedy lifestyle!! As to the speed improvement you report, it is most likely the sum of your two, simultaneous improvements; adding RAM (perhaps doubling from 512 MB to 1 GB, and running Win XP Pro SP2?), and the new drive. As for the HDD speed improvement, your post is a bit hard to "judge" the improvement from, since you don't mention which HDD you had previously... an old, slow 4200 rpm (?), or an older generation 5400 rpm compared to your new WD??

Once you have used your WD2500BEVE for a bit more time, I would be interested to hear of in your actual experience - does it appear hotter than your older drive (and what about your battery time now?), and what about its mechanical noise... does it make any mechanical "hum" or any of the "clicking sounds" that WD's drives are often reported emitting? FYI, see e.g. the user reviews at Newegg for the WD2500BEVE, if you are uncertain about what I am talking about. Also, try Google after "WD2500BEVE + noise" and see what comes up. This is my only worry about the WD "Scorpio" HDD's, otherwise I would get one myself, immediately!

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The old drive was a Toshiba 40Gb drive I'd bought second hand off the internet years ago - it was slow and made strange clicking noises... the RAM I had before was 256mb - (onboard 128mb and a free slot that the previous owner had filled with another 128mb). The maximum is 640 for my model apparently, although if anyone knows of a way to replace the onboard RAM....apparently it's soldered on - can it be unsoldered? Apologies if that's a stupid question, but I'm still in the learning stages here....
So in went the new 512mb RAM first - I noticed an improvement in programs loading (particularly with multiple programs running) and shutdown was a lot quicker. Plus the time between user log-in and the desktop is down to less than a second whereas before it was sloooow (though this part might also have something to do with a faster hard drive).

Onto the hard drive, it does emit some sound, but it's not that bad really. Doesn't click though, which is good! Does seem a bit warmer, but the old one wasn't exactly heat-efficient either.

I can't tell you about the battery life - I just replaced that too! And the CMOS (actually no - it never had one!) This laptop's had a radical overhaul the last couple of days!! haha

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#28 Post by Spaghetti » Thu Jul 10, 2008 5:18 pm

And yes, XP Pro SP2!!

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#29 Post by Tim M » Thu Sep 18, 2008 10:53 am

Tim M wrote:Well, I just received a "gently used" 100 GB 7200 rpm PATA Hitachi drive from another forum member for $115. The drive had an IBM FRU label and metal cage, so it is definitely an OEM part. Diagnostics indicated that the drive had only 43 hours' worth of on time. After some cloning frustration, the drive is now working flawlessly in my TP as I type this.
And the coda to this symphony. The original laptop drive (Hitachi 60 GB PATA, 7200 rpm), now in an external case, has apparently failed. I was copying some files yesterday, and Windows Explorer crashed. After a necessary hard boot, all I get from the drive is a repeated clanking noise. :( Good thing I upgraded to the 100 GB PATA!

Clanking occurs with different enclosures on different computers and also with just power applied to the drive, suggesting a severe mechanical failure. Freezing the drive (Google it) did not help, either.

I have opened the drive and decommissioned with extreme prejudice prior to disposal.
T42(p) 2379-DXU | 15" FlexView, 2.0 GHz, 2 GB, 128 MB FireGL T2 mobo, UJ-842 Multi-Burner, 100 GB 7200 RPM, Dock II
T410 2516-CTO | 2.66 GHz i7-620M, 6 GB, 512 MB NVIDIA 3100m, 160 GB SSD

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#30 Post by Johan » Sat Jan 03, 2009 4:46 am

... just a quick tip, which might be of interest to some who wants "a good, old" 7200 rpm 2.5" PATA/IDE HDD: I just came across this offering two (although used, but said to be in "great working condition") 60 GB Hitachi 2.5" PATA/IDE 7200 rpm HDD's for only $75, shipped, for both two.. that's certainly cheap! I am using one of these, and they are certainly very fast - and very quiet too, after enabling the AAM (Advanced Acoustic Management) through Hitachi's "Feature Tool".

Some ThinkPad'er might want to grab these HDD's? :wink:

Johan
IBM T42p's (2373-Q1U & -Q2U): 2.1 GHz, 15" UXGA FlexView, 2 GB RAM, 128 MB FireGL T2, 128 GB 1.8" SATA SSD, IBM a/b/g, BT, Win 7 Ultimate
IBM T42 (2373-N1G): 1.8 GHz, 15" SXGA+ FlexView, 2 GB RAM, 64 MB Radeon 9600, 64 GB 1.8" SATA SSD, IBM a/b/g, BT, Win 7 Ultimate

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