Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Gatineau and Ottawa
I use component so I can't comment on the HDMI stuttering. The WD drives are pretty common at the stores you mentioned. I would stick with 500GB WD. Remember you have 160GB right now so 500GB will be a big leap ahead. More than triple the space. Rather than FS or BB check out the prices at smaller computer stores around town. They have very competitive prices usually. As you wisely pointed out check out their return policy incase you develop cold feet or you get a dud.
One last thing. Note the hole in the centre of the security torx bit. That is what you need not the standard torx bit which is not hollow.