Best 500GB Internal HDD For The Money

Report Data Collected On: 3/Jun/2017

A hard disk do a very important role in our computer system because whatever you wanted to save, it’s all gonna need a storage device to store the data in and not just that, people are also going to the faster storage devices like Solid State drive or SSHD’s but buying a computer storage device is all depending on the user and in this article I’m definitely gonna help you out to choose the best 500GB Internal Hard Disk Drive available in the market for your computer or laptop.

So, first I’m gonna starts with what things you’ll need to check before buying any HDD because not every HDD is same and all different models come with the different specification and that specification decides the hard disk driver’s whole performance.

Here’s the list of few important things what you’ll need to see before buying any HDD:

  1. Size – HDD comes in three differ size, 3.5 Inch big drive what normally used in desktops, 2.5 Inch 9.5mm small drive what normally used in laptops and the third one is 2.5 Inch 7mm drive which is actually same looking as compared to 2.5 Inch 9.5mm drive but just 2.5mm thinner. So, make sure about the size before buying any and you can also look at your old system drive to confirm the size.
  2. RPM HDD uses a motor to spin the disk built in it, and the motor speed defines through RPM (Round per minute). So, higher the number is better.
  3. Cache HDD cache mainly used to process current process data and the only thing what you’ll need to remember is, the higher the cache size is, the better multitasking that HDD gonna handle.

So Let’s See The List

Actually, I made this list by calculating the Hard disk’s Performance what comes in best price range with also reading the users reviews on different websites.

#Best 2.5 Inch 500GB Hard Disk Drive & SSHD (Laptop Size)

Top 3rd HDD – HGST Travelstar Z7K500

Product Details

  • Size – 2.5 inch, 7MM
  • RPM – 7200
  • Cache Size – 32MB
  • Interface – SATA 3.0, 6 Gb/Second
  • Warranty – 3 Years
  • Price Tag – 38$ Approx.

Comment: Travelstar Z7K500 is the first HDD who released in 7200 RPM version with having a single-disk design in 7mm height category, I liked this HDD very much because of its ultra-cheap price tag which can also deliver high-class performance experience.

This HDD also comes with Advanced Format technology which actually raised some drive capacity and the reliability too. Another good thing about this HDD is, it consumes low power supply and that means your laptop can able to give you some little bit of more power backup which is also a quite good feature of this hard drive.

Top 2nd HDD – Seagate Barracuda ST500LM030

Product Details

  • Size – 2.5 inch, 7MM
  • RPM – 5400
  • Cache Size – 128MB
  • Interface – SATA 3.0, 6 Gb/Second
  • Warranty – 2 Years
  • Price Tag – 42.99$ Approx.

Comment: Seagate is one of the best manufacturers in the hard disk drive industry and the first “Seagate Barracuda” HDD’s model comes in 1991 and till now they are still upgrading this product time to time to reach the maximum output performance and that’s the main reason why I love this drive so much.

Barracuda is also the first one who having the highest capacity 2.5-inch drive in the whole market which having the storage capacity of 5TB. And not just that, all BarraCuda family hard drives armed with Multi-Tier Caching Technology (MTC). It’s like the same technology what uses in SSDs by adding smart layers of NAND Flash Chips, DRAM and media cache technologies, to delivers the highest and improved read and write performance by enhancing data flow.

Top 1st HDD – Seagate Thin SSHD ST500LM000

Product Details

  • Size – 2.5 inch, 7MM
  • RPM – 7200
  • Cache Size – 64MB Cache with 8GB NAND Chip (SSHD)
  • Interface – SATA 3.0, 6 Gb/Second
  • Warranty – 5 Years
  • Price Tag – 58.99$ Approx.

Comment: First of all, this drive is SSHD which is the combination of two world famous storage devices, which are a hard disk drive and solid state drive to deliver the high-performance storage solution in the decent price range. This SSHD is the third generation solid state hybrid drives by Seagate which actually did replace the old hard disk from most of desktop and laptop computers worldwide.

In this SSHD Seagate’s uses the Samsung NAND Flash Chips which makes this drive super fast and for those who don’t know, Samsung is making the world class SSDs these days and that’s the reason why you can’t underestimate the power of those NAND chips which build in this Seagate Thin SSHD model.

#In My Opinion

So, if you’re looking for the budget drive who can also deliver the great performance then the top third is the one which won’t let you down and lose you some extra load of money and it performs also just great.

Or otherwise, if you are the person who loves to do some multitasking on the computer then you can’t ignore the second top Seagate Barracuda drive who mainly comes with a 128MB cache which is the highest cache drive ever made in laptop size till now.

Or if you are only looking for the ultimate speed like me, then just don’t buy a Hard Disk Drive for yourself because HDD is too slow and the performance is also limited, in that case, you can go for SSHD which I also listed on top first in this category and believe in me you’ll gonna thank me later after testing the performance on your computer system, because spending 10 more extra bucks for 5x performance is worthy.

#Best 3.5 Inch 500GB Hard Disk Drive (Desktop Size)

Top 2nd HDD – Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C HDS721050CLA662

Product Details

  • Size – 2.5 inch
  • RPM – 7200
  • Cache Size – 16MB
  • Interface – SATA 3.0, 6 Gb/Second
  • Warranty – 1 Years
  • Price Tag – 27$ Approx.

Comment: Deskstar™ 7K1000.C HDD is a 7200RPM 3.5-inch desktop size hard disk drive who delivers an excellent blend of power efficiency and performance, which making it a perfect key for the power-friendly consumer and commercial desktop computers. This new Hitachi drive save up to 18% of the power supply while working and having best-in-class power management and thermal emissions.

The main reason why I put this HDD on this list is because of the reasonable price tag and if you need a storage drive for a decent computer use or for your extra storage then this is the best affordable drive what you buy for yourself.

Top 1st HDD – WD Enterprise Hard Drive WD5003ABYX

Product Details

  • Size – 5 Inch
  • RPM – 7200
  • Cache Size – 64MB
  • Interface – SATA 2.0, 3 Gb/Second
  • Warranty – 3 Years
  • Price Tag – 37$ Approx.

Comment: This is one of the best and top class HDD available in the market because of its Enterprise performance rating and believe it or not, but you can’t find any other hard disk available under 40$ who can compete with this drive in any different way.

Mainly Western Digital made is HDD for servers use and the RAID works ultimately great with this HDD and I’m just saying it because I’ve tested this HDD on my own and the performance result is uncomparable.

And just like I said this HDD is made mainly for servers but that doesn’t mean you can’t use this drive on your desktop because it uses same SATA interface just like all HDD do and that’s the reason why I put this HDD with an SSD in my home computer too.

#In My Opinion

Now you do know the budget king is “Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C” but by spending more 10$ you can buy a WD Enterprise drive which is also really good and actually that’s the drive which I also suggest to everyone under this 500GB drive category for desktops.

Or otherwise if you need speed, ultimate speed then just please don’t buy any normal hard disk drive for your desktop, just go for the SSHD because it’s cheap like a normal hard disk and performance little bit like powerful solid state drive which makes that drive really wonderful.

And the another great thing which I wanted to make you clear about is that, you can use small size 2.5 Inch drive in your desktop too and I also suggested a great powerful 2.5 SSHD in the above laptop size category list which you can easily use on your desktop to get the highest performance even made for hard disk drives on your computer.

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  1. Hello, first i want to thank you for the post, its really nice sharing with us your knowledge, but could you give to us your benchmark read/write for each HDD model you have showed to us, would be really nice.
    I’ve been searching in a couples days for a good HDD 500gb and one caught my attention, following the model WD5000LPLX, this is a Western Digital Black, the benchmark of this model is very high for an 500GB HDD, could you confirm that to me? perharps a compation of benchmarks, i would be immensely grateful!

    • I know that WD 500gb (WD5000LPLX) have great benchmark results, which is 48$ right now on the amazon. see >>
      but as you can see on my list, I’ve suggested an SSHD for 49$ (Top 1st HDD – Seagate Thin SSHD ST500LM000). see >>
      And you know, you can also buy a newer version of this SSHD too and of course yes, it’s expensive, I think around 55$.

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