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So I wanted to pick up a new storage drive for my laptop. I price out various drives and decide on a Western Digital Scorpio Blue 500 GB. (8 MB / 5400 RPM; model WDBABC5000ANC-NRSN.) Rather than waiting for Newegg to deliver, I just went to Best Buy and scooped it up. (Same price, but Newegg charges $4.99 shipping, Best Buy charges $4.81 in tax, so...)

I open the box, pop it into my laptop, and notice its reading 596 GiB. Wait, what? That's 640 GB! I check the drive, the serial number matches the box, but the model number is WD6400BEVT-22A0RT0. That is a 640 GB 8 MB / 5400 RPM drive!

So I go rummaging around in the box and find this:


Sweet...

Your mileage may vary (my drive was manufactured in January, the note is dated March), but it could be worth a shot if you are looking to replace/augment your laptop storage.

Surprisingly, this 5400 RPM drive beats my 7200 RPM Hitachi Travelstar 500 GB:
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Heck, it even beats my desktop's 7200 RPM Hitachi Deskstar 750 GB!


(Cannot hold a candle to my Hitachi Deskstar 2TB RAID 1 or my Samsung F3 1TB RAID 10, however.)



     
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Congratz! I assume the drive is a WD black?

EDIT: Didn't read it was a blue.. sorry :S

WDs have some sort of intelligent seeking thingy... maybe thats why it beats the other one.
    
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I never knew they did this. When I order my drives, I hope this happens.
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Two possible reasons. One (forwarded by me) is that it is a marketing ploy like AMD's ability to unlike cores.

The other (forwarded by SerenityKill3r) is that they simply ran out of 500 GBs, and just started dropping in 640 GBs.
     
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This is epic. Gratz.
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BRB RMA'ING

Free raptors ?

I be jokin'
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Blitz6804 View Post
Two possible reasons. One (forwarded by me) is that it is a marketing ploy like AMD's ability to unlike cores.

The other (forwarded by SerenityKill3r) is that they simply ran out of 500 GBs, and just started dropping in 640 GBs.
Either way it's a good thing.I just rma'ed a 74g VR only to get back a 300g VR Enterprise Edition(or all new ones that?).Maybe WD is trying to throw us a bone so we will buy from them?
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Originally Posted by Blitz6804 View Post
Two possible reasons. One (forwarded by me) is that it is a marketing ploy like AMD's ability to unlike cores.

The other (forwarded by SerenityKill3r) is that they simply ran out of 500 GBs, and just started dropping in 640 GBs.
Probably the second one..Just like the caviar blacks 500GB @ same price as 640 GB
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result

and for free
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WD is great check out my RMA story in my sign. They almost always upgrade you.
    
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