With the very nice hybrid 500GB hitting 80 bucks that's what I use.
I can imagine most folk won't do their own work but Apple does not make hard drives. Sometimes folk forget that.
My hard drive on my 20 month old Mac has died. Took it to the Mac store last week for repair and was told that since I didn't have Apple Care or Time Machine (I used a back up that is Mac compatible instead) that I probably won't recover anything. Everyone knows Mac isn't cheap, but I thought it would be worth the cost to get a better made item. The guys at the Mac store were very clear though that even high priced cars have problems and I can't expect Mac to be perfect all the time. While I don't expect perfection, I expect it to last longer than the PCs I've had! So when I get my Mac back later this week, do I dare continue with it and hope for the best, or should I cut my losses and go back to a less expensive PC that won't hurt my psyche if it dies in two years?
Side note - I used the Mac store instead of a local joint for repairs because I was told I had to use an Apple approved location for warranty purposes (which in retrospect doesn't make sense since it's not covered by warranty anyway!), and the Mac store is closer than any of the places on their short list.