500GB WESTERN DIGITAL AV-GP 3.5-INCH HDD
It’s scary just how little you can pick one of these beasts up for nowadays. OK, 500GB isn’t exactly an averagesized hard drive—ideally, you want something around double that size— but if you’re on a budget, and don’t mind being a little more scrupulous with your games and content, in this age of digital streaming at least, running with a 500GB HDD for your backup drive isn’t exactly too much of a stretch.
Western Digital is one of the better hard drive brands out there. And although the AV-GP isn’t one of its mainstream drive ranges, we’ve no doubt this $19 box of joy will serve you well. There is one caveat here: It does only support SATA 3.0 Gb/s, but that’s still the equivalent of sequential read and writes nearing 375MB/s, and you won’t find any spinning platters capable of driving those kinda numbers sub-$300.