I've just noticed that according to seagate.com, the Operating Temperature for the 200gig drive is 5 to 55 Â°C in contrast to the 0 to 60 Â°C spec of all other models. Now why is that?
Seagate Spec Page
I wonder if my 200 GB 7200.7 bought 06-16-2004 at a local retailer will get the upgrade. It's warranty expiration date is currently shown as 06-MAY-2007, so I guess the drive left Seagate before June.
As far as I know, there is no way to tell. With WD, if you want highest density, you'll have to buy the highest capacity drive available. I dont't think this has changed recently.
Anyone tried weighing yet?
If noise is not your main concern, go with the Hitachi 7K250 with 8MB Cache, as the only drawback seems to be that meow sound it's doing from time to time. For the PATA/SATA thing, I'd say get the cheaper one.
And don't forget this old Cheetah is not only slower but also A LOT louder than anything you can buy today. I have one of these (ST39102LW) in a system I only turn on about once in a week and it is ridiculously loud. You really wouldn't want to use this drive, I can assure you...