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Anyone have any experience with the Western Digital 500GB hard drive model WD5000JBRTL? There is only a single entry for the drive over at ps2drives.x-pec.com so I'm hoping to find a bit more information on it.
While looking into the drive I've seen a few rare mentions that the drive tends to run hot. Though I don't know how true that is, would the hard drive running hot be a problem?
For those of you who have used it. In your experience does this drive need the network adapter to be modified so it can fit?
Every WD IDE drive I have ever seen since the mid ninties till now, has the same wider than normal gap between the IDE and power connectors.
The NA will need to be modified.
Just buy a Samsung spinpoint series. They are cool, quiet, reliable and fit perfectly. They also have rubber bumpers on the bottom of the drive so it doesn't vibrate on the PS2 drive slots metal cage.
Other then a couple 2.5" drives, I'm not having any luck finding IDE/PATA drives from the Samsung Spinpoint series.
Is there somewhere that these drives are still sold? If not any recommendations on drives that can still be found?
I've also come across a Hitachi Deskstar P7K500 500GB, which according to ps2drives.x-pec.com seems to work. However customer reviews of the various models seem to suggest they might have some issues.
You can buy seagate, all of them will fix to NA - they are quiet and cold
That's because Seagate was the OEM choice for Sony for the original FF 40gb drive, so the NA was designed to fit that brand.
Originally Posted by loki7777
But just remove the metal shielding, and a couple of screws and it will be loosen enough to handle any other brand of drive.
If you don't want to mod your NA - buy a HDD which isn't produced by Western Digital (as said before - the range between the connectors is wider).
Since it's really dependant what sort of noize, heat and vibrations is acceptable from different persons I think it's hard to tell that... I'm currently using a WD800 and it's pretty quiet and cold for my perceptation
The heat is killing the lens, right? So the PS2 must run as cool as it can? If it's heating up - maybe you should clean up your internals and the fan (it improved the cooling in my case) and if that doesn't help maybe you should start thinking/searching for a new fan with higher flow