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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:15 pm    Post subject: Good deals on 7200rpm drives? Reply with quote

Has any one seen a good deal on 2.5" 7200rpm SATA drive in the UK? I'm looking for one 160+ gb and don't know many electronics/computer component websites.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I normally go here

http://www.scan.co.uk/

others to try

http://www.dabs.com
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/
http://www.aria.co.uk/
http://www.microdirect.co.uk
http://www.misco.co.uk
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 5:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers for the links Cypher. I found this drive on Ebuyer, seems like a really good deal. Just though I would post incase any one is looking for a similar drive!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 6:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought the 120 gb version of this drive and put it in my mini. I'm very happy with the Seagate 7200.2. The speed increase is noticeable over the 5400 rpm drive that came with it, especially for starting up programs. I would highly recommend it, especially at that price. Now is a great time to buy "small capacity" (200 gb or less) 7200 rpm notebook drives as the availability of larger ones is driving down the price of the smaller ones.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just out interest how much would that drive cost in Canada Fox?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dell sells parts for their laptops. So, look for 7200 rpm drives on their website. I got a 200 gb 7200rpm with a 16mb buffer for like 120 bucks (US) with my school's discount.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trustory, I can now get the 160 gb as cheap as $112 (plus 13% tax) in Ontario, plus about $10 shipping. When I bought my 120 mb drive about 2 months ago, I paid about $118 plus taxes for it and the best price I could get for the 160 gb was about $150. As I was more interested in a fast drive than tons of storage capacity, I went for the 120. Translating your deal into Canadian dollars and allowing for tax, you would pay about $20 CDN more than I would, but I know that prices in North America for computer equipment are always better than in the UK, and Europe in general.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hate being on this side of the Atlantic, we get ripped off in the UK. To add insult to injury I got emergency tax on my first pay cheque back at work Sad
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

trustory wrote:
I hate being on this side of the Atlantic, we get ripped off in the UK.

1. Go to eBay.com
2. Type what you're looking for in the search box
3. The top of the fourth column will read "Shipping to USA". Click on "USA" and change it to "UK".
4. The page will re-load, most items will report that the shipping charges to the UK are "Not Specified". But some will give you a shipping cost. Halve the price of the product and shipping, and that's pretty much what you'll pay in GBP.
5. Pay by credit card, just to be sure.... Wink

trustory wrote:
To add insult to injury I got emergency tax on my first pay cheque back at work Sad

Trustory, with old Gordon in charge, everyone feels like they're on an emergency tax code... Mad
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just ordered http://www.ebuyer.com/product/131272 160GB 7200rpm drive and this http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0010DQWWG 2.5" SATA case to house my old 60GB drive.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You did well - enjoy your new drive. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to see you did get your new drive, trustory. You'll be happy with the results. The drive I installed in my MacBook is great and I do notice a difference in the performance, not to mention, the extra storage space.
I don't think I will do it, but I'd like to have the same drive in my mini, but since I'm using the MacBook more, I'll probably leave well enough alone. I've enough external storage for the mini.

Other than trustory, if you didn't see the other posts, this is the drive I installed in the MacBook:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8682222&st=travelstar&lp=2&type=product&cp=1&id=1197679249375
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Bobaloo, it should arrive next week. I'm gonna take this opportunity to do a clean install on my MacBook and use the old drive to store all my music on. Is there a way to install Leopard using the upgrade CD without having Tiger installed first?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was your Leopard disk a drop-in disk with your MacBook? If so, it's a full version, you can install from that without installing Tiger. Of course you won't have the apps that come with the original install disks. My install disks were Leopard disks.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its came with 10.4 restore discs and a 10.5 upgrade disc. Any one know a way round?
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