Here's an update for those looking to buy a cheap, low capacity notebook drive. It appears a single-platter version of the WD2500BEVT is out, under the following submodels:
http://yertech.blogspot.com/2009/08/25- ... -list.html
I don't know where this info comes from because I was unable to find a benchmark for this submodel, but assuming
it uses a single platter, we can expect good noise and thermals, and performance level which is:
- better than previous submodels, which are either 2 x 125 or 2 x 166.
- better than the 320GB Scorpio Blue, which is currently 2 x 166, until it transitions to 1 x 320.
- comparable to the 400 and 500GB Scorpio Blue; check here
for a reference.
- inferior to the 320GB Scorpio Black.
As always, YMMV.