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Topic # 15299 14-Aug-2007 19:41
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Does anyone know the most common sizes of desktop hard drive there are available?
For Example:

etc etc

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  Reply # 82387 14-Aug-2007 19:48
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Hi there,

You really need to be more specific.  It can be as much as 750GB.  Now 200GB+ is standard on desktops.

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  Reply # 82392 14-Aug-2007 19:58
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As a rule, its rare to find a drive less than 80gb (new) from wholesalers.

120 is the off-the-floor-pc norm. More leaning to 160-200 now.


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  Reply # 82396 14-Aug-2007 20:14
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Hi there.
Thanks for the replies.
What I want to know is:
Can you pretty much get any size hdd or are there standards? like the max is 500gb but what size incriments do they go up in? like: 120-200-320-400-500?

Not really sure how to word it.....


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  Reply # 82405 14-Aug-2007 21:19
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The answer keeps changing as technology moves on. Drives sizes depend on the number of platters and whether there's a head on each side. The capacity of the platters has reached about 250GB per side so with these in mass production smaller drives become less economic. Some dealers (Ascent) can list drives by cents/GB.

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  Reply # 82407 14-Aug-2007 21:22
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40GB (pata sata 2.5"laptop 3.5"desktop)
60GB (cheap or old-stock laptops) (pata sata 2.5"laptop 3.5"desktop)
80GB (most common in todays average laptops) (pata sata 2.5"laptop 3.5"desktop)
100GB (high end laptops) (pata sata 2.5"laptop 3.5"desktop)
120GB (high end laptops / low end desktops) (pata sata 2.5"laptop 3.5"desktop)
160GB (basic macs, 'high end' desktops in the major brand space [Compaq, Acer etc]) (pata sata 2.5"laptop 3.5"desktop)
200GB (pata sata 2.5"laptop 3.5"desktop)
250GB (great price points to buy as an individual part) (premium macs) (pata sata 2.5"laptop 3.5"desktop)
320GB (great price points to buy as an individual part) (from here onwards is usually found in custom systems) (pata sata 3.5"desktop)
400GB (great price points to buy as an individual part) (pata sata 3.5"desktop)
500GB (sata 3.5"desktop)
750GB (sata 3.5"desktop)
1TB (sata 3.5"desktop)

Off the top of my head.
PATA = "IDE" (but remember PATA & SATA are both "IDE").
Unusual to see more than 120GB in a laptop.

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  Reply # 82414 14-Aug-2007 22:08
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This list what is current in the stores.

Price Spy Hard drives, removable hard drives and HDD enclosures

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  Reply # 82519 15-Aug-2007 15:53
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Thanks tonyhughes thats exactly what i wanted to know!
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