Eh I grabbed one. My current 250GB is running out of space so I'm in need of a new drive.
I figured there are more 5* ratings than 1* so I'll just give it a whirl. I wanted to wait until BF, but oh well. If there's a deal for a drive during BF that has better ratings than this I'll pick that up too and just eBay the Seagate
If you have a 530B or 530D you'll want to make sure it has an available SATA port (those models only have 2 ports, if the CD/DVD drive is not IDE they may be used up). Any other Inspiron 530 should have 4 SATA ports, as long as you haven't added a bunch of stuff at least one should be free. The user manual is here: http://support.dell.com/support/e.../om_en.pdf
I bought a Tandy 1000ex in the late 80's. I have built many others and bought many others. I have NEVER had a hard drive die. Use Spinrite to check all sectors from time to time.
although rare unless abused, sooner or later it will happen.
this is why you keep your data separate from the OS partition and have backup(s).
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i just bought this. i've never had problems with seagates or western digitals. i think it varies between users because some hdds will always have DOA drives and others will work for 5+ years. in general expect hdds to last for only 2+ years
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