DO NOT BUY A WD SCORPIO BPVT.
BEVS\BEVT IS FINE.
No offense with my post here but I have owned a 640GB BPVT and there is no way around the stuttering\freezing.
I'm pretty clued up when it comes to these things (sorry if that sounds big headed don't mean it to). Bought literally hundreds of BEVS\BEVT drives over the past couple of years for use in Xbox 360 (flashing them to act as genuine Xbox 360 hard drives).
There's 1 problem with them, which is fixable by using WDIDLE3, and that is just to disable to head parking feature so they don't constantly click and pause on the Xbox 360 dashboard.
The Newer BPVT drives (as seen on higher capacity drives) have TWO PROBLEMS.
1. The head parking timer - FIXABLE with WDIDLE3.
2. The spindown problem - NOT FIXABLE!!!
Your games will still work fine and so will the PS3 but you will have massive stuttering on certain games making them unplayable (GT5 prologue stands out as a memorable one to me) - Completely unplayable.
Not only that but you will have 1-2 second pauses when accessing certain options on the XMB as the drive "spins up"...then spins down again after only a few seconds.
There is NO SOLUTION to this problem on the PS3, there is on a computer, by installing a program that turns of the spin down setting at each boot, but nobody has made a utility that works with these drives to permanently turn if off - after a cold boot.
Various utilities will show that it has been turned off - but it hasn't.
Believe me, I've tried everything
It's certainly not a game killer on the whole, so if you've got one then just use it, but if you have the choice - why even bother?
...Would just like to add that I suspect a lot of people who have these drives and point blank tell you they're fine, simply haven't played the games that have the stuttering really bad - and they think the XMB pause is "normal" because they haven't used a PS3 without the issue....I thought it was normal myself for a while....
Again, I'm not talking about wdidle3 here, that fix for the lower capacity drives has been known for donkeys years. I wrote a tutorial myself for fixing it about 2 years ago on xbox-scene!
ps3haze - I love the fact that everyone has these grand ideas with no idea what they're talking about... I'm not saying that I've done anything, but I have a good understanding of the complexities involved.