After 4 years of a lot of use my Seagate hard disk died on my Dell Inspiron N7010 laptop so the decision was simple, I knew I couldn’t afford a SSD and honestly I care more for storage than speed so basically I check online on Best Buy and came upon 3 options.
Seagate, WD or Toshiba I already had Seagate and by all means I think they are good but I believe WD has the edge or at least that has been my experience and Toshiba I really wasn’t interested.
I have 3 WD portable hard drives 1 terabyte each and they are still going strong just to give you an idea my laptop is on from 7 am to 9pm Monday to Friday and a few hours on over the weekend so that is a lot of hours of work for that old Seagate so no complaints just wished it last longer but that one was 640 Gb and this one is 1 terabyte so I’m happy with the extra storage plus I need something reliable and WD is very good in my opinion.
It fit perfectly on my laptop I backup all my documents, videos and pictures and did a clean install of Windows 7 again, I had the original backup disk done by the Geeks here on Best Buy when I bought the laptop plus the extra Cd’s with all the programs from Dell so the installation was a breeze honestly the most painful part was waiting for all the windows updates and finally for the SP1 update which it took a while but I knew that so no biggie.
You can clone your entire hard drive with their software and backup everything to another portable hard drive if you like or even to the new one with a sata cable if you have one. I have one from Acronis I got long time ago but I wanted to start fresh and no bring all problems to the new drive so I didn’t mind put back all my programs, pictures, videos and expend a couple of days doing that my laptop is faster now just like a brand new.
The drive is super quiet and it works fine no problems at all if you are looking for storage and good price look no further, one other thing it may help you if your laptop is plug to the wall all day like mine I have it set to “High Performance” where the battery indicator is I’m not sure how is on other laptops but I suppose is the same usually it comes set to balanced but I need the speed and performance more than anything and I found this very useful.
You may find it cheaper online by other vendors but if the hdd is faulty or damage and you have to pay to have it shipped back to them then you no longer save any money plus you have to wait a few days, one time I did get a bad one and it was here at Best Buy store but as soon as I realize the drive was bad I exchange it for another one at the store and in 10 minutes I was back in my house no problems and specially no need to wait. Some things are ok to buy online others like this not for me.
Hope this review can help with your decision and good luck with your drive.