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Today Mikhailtech take a look at Western Digital's 1000JB SE, a 100gb HDD featuring 40gb platters, an 8mb cache and tons of performance.
The drive itself it extremely well built. The upper portion is standard: metal casing, sticker, air hole. The underside, however, is what surprised me. For one thing, the circuitry is reversed. That is, all the chips and most of the traces are on the inner side of the drive, therefore preventing possible damage. There's also a layer of foam in-between to further lessen vibrations, add impact cushioning and protect the drive. I didn't particularly feel like removing the PCB to see what's on the other side (after all, this was a rush-delivered drive that is now my main system's powerhouse). There isn't much interesting aside from an 8mb Nanya memory module which happens to be the cache. The 1000JB SE also seems a bit quieter during operating than the only other drive I had available, the 60GXP. I wish it were as quiet as Seagate's Barracuda IV but I guess you can't have it all. For one thing, it doesn't hiss as loud and neither does it "crackle" when being stressed. As far as heat goes it stays about as cool as most drives.More information at Mikhailtech
DeviantPC has posted a review of 2 Western Digital 80GB (WD800JB) Hard Drives in RAID-0 configuration.
They are also the first to introduce groundbreaking technologies in the lower echelons of their products in terms of sheer capacity. The WD800JB Hard Drives offered something that nobody else had produced, a product with 8MB cache as opposed to the normal 2MB cache on their Caviar series of drives. No wonder they dubbed it special edition.More information at DeviantPC
MODTHEBOX! gives us their thoughts on the RX-910T6 Trios Hard Drive Selector.
The unit is tightly packed within the box, with the individual parts separated out in different plastic bags. Included in the kit is the Trios unit itself, a stack of colour brochures, four single device IDE cables, two custom power cables, 4 mounting screws and an installation manual. The unit itself is extremely light weight. Its dimensions are very similar to most optical drive units. The front panel has a slightly different design to it, incorporating an almost iMac like colour scheme. The panel itself is convex, with a concave track running down the middle of the panel. The three drive selection buttons are beige plastic, and solidly snap into position when pushed. Pushing down on one button automatically resets either of the other two back into their default position, since you can only have one drive selected at a time. When the unit is powered, a hidden LED behind the translucent aqua plate lights up as an additional indicator.More information at MODTHEBOX!
X-bit labs has posted Western Digital External Hard Disk Drive Review.
We reviewed an external hard disk drive from Western Digital with 120GB storage capacity and IEEE1394 FireWire interface. In fact, it has none other but the today's fastest WD1200BB hard disk drive inside!More information at X-bit labs
GotApex? has just reviewed LSI's Ultra320 High Performance SCSI Card and Seagate 15k rpm Hard Drive Combo for those who want speed.
What really grabs the attention is the 3.6ms Average Seek Time. When looking at SCSI drives, especially the 15k drives, you really notice that there is a massive difference between SCSI and IDE. Many people do not believe this transfers directly into real life applications, but I do disagree. You can really tell the difference, just in the overall responsiveness of the computer when you have a SCSI drive.More information at GotApex?
Brad from Tweakers Australia sent in an email with information from a press release saying that Seagate an Intel have demostarted the first Serial ATA HDD operating at 150mb/s.
Seagate and Intel today demonstrated the industry's first native Serial ATA hard drive implementation, at PC Expo in New York. The companies connected a new Barracuda ATA V hard drive - with a native Serial ATA interface running at full speed - to an Intel reference validation motherboard in a high-performance PC game box, provided by HardDrive.com. The Serial ATA interface provides a throughput of 150 Mbytes per second, and a very quick and responsive experience in extreme applications like gaming, home video editing and home network hubs.More information at Tweakers Australia.
The Inquirer is running a story which suggests to fix problems with IBM DTLA hard disk drives failing after a short period of time (with no cooling), you must disable UDMA. This slows down hard disk drive performance significantly and is not what I would consider an adequate enough fix, considering the overall system performance hit which would occur from taking such action. The news doesn't get any better for IBM hard disk drive owners, The Inquirer is also reporting that IBM are getting out of the hard disk drive business and selling 70% of their business to Hitachi. It seems IBM hard disk drive owners will continue to scratch their heads in dismay.
Cameron "Sov" Johnson has just finshed up some testing on the Seagate Cheetah 36ES SCSI Hard Drive. It features an Ultra160 SCSI interface, and we wanted to see just how fast these drives really are. So come on in and join us as we answer some questions about the SCSI drives available today.
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Ok there's 20 items in this lot so on with it. At Slautech they have a hard drive shootout between the Western Digital WD400BB and the Maxtor D740X-6L 40GB which are both considered to be 'performance ATA desktop drives' by their respective manufacturers, so see what they find out.