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  1. Geoff

    Rounded IDE cables

    I know this is an OLD thread, but I just had to reply. I understand what you are saying with flat cables having a "separation" between individual wires, preventing crosstalk, interference, etc. I also understand how rounded cables could be a problem, as the individual wires are bunched close together. Still, when you have a flat EIDE cable in your system, people tend to bunch them up, fold them, stick them close to other cables like power cables, and so forth. Unless the flat cable is perfectly straight and doesn't come into contact with other wires (hard to do I know), wouldn't a flat cable have the same "problems" as a rounded cable does? Just a thought.
  2. I found an older thread here... Where E Dawg says this... "I don't know if this has been brought up in previous drive comparisons, but I thought I should mention that the differences between the WD800JB and WD1200JB in the Desktop Performance tests are a little misleading. The performance differences between the two are exaggerated by capacity differences as the SR test suite uses fixed 30 GB testing partitions. This same bias is present in the testing of the other drives as well, so the differences between the 120 GB 7200 rpm drives (IBM 120GXP and WD1200BB) and 80 GB (Maxtor D740X and Barracuda IV) are exaggerated as well. Yes, 120 GB drives are faster in real life than 80 GB drives, given the same mechanism, but a note should be made in the article saying that capacity does affect performance, and to keep that in mind when comparing the drives of different capacities (apples to oranges, and all that...). "
  3. Thank you, it does help alot. I haven't been able to find any reviews or anything on the 1600JB, so I was just trying to test it myself. Guess that was kind of silly. Honestly though, after having it for awhile, in so called "real world" performance, it's not noticibly faster than my 800JB as far as I can tell...or slower. Can't tell any difference. Just in size!
  4. Quite simply, I found it strange to see my newer WDC 1600JB (160 GB) is losing in tests to my older WDC 800JB (80 GB). I've run a few benchmarks...quite a few actually, and my larger HDD is slower than my older smaller one. Both are UDMA 5, and the larger HDD is running as the master, the smaller as the slave on the same cable. I assume the older 80 GB drive is using 2 - 40 GB platters, and the 160 GB is using 2 - 80 GB platters, but I'm not sure. Even if the 160 GB is using 4 - 40 GB platters (is that possible), it should be the faster drive... Yeah, I know about the FAQ on the reliability of benchmarks vs. real-world performance, but there is no reason for my 80 GB to beat my 160 GB is there? It's about 10 GB/s faster for regular and cached reads....didn't do the write tests though. Access speed is basically similar.
  5. Geoff

    Western Digital 200jb Warranty

    Which made no sense to me at the time, since retail box you would expect a longer warranty over OEM. That's why retail box is more expensive, along with the cable and manual of course, you get a longer warranty or at least the same length as OEM, but less? Very strange.
  6. HD Tach default test is very short, probably the shortest test out there I've come across...I wouldn't have thought it would capable of doing any harm. As for running HDD tests with overclocking your CPU...who can say? Never felt very comfortable with the whole concept of OCing. To me hearing that just adds another reason not to OC amony many others.
  7. Can any prove this? I've seen a few warnings here and there...nothing much, and as far as I can tell it's never been discussed here unless I'm typing the wrong thing in the search for this message board. I wonder if you can prove that you can contribute to damaging your HDD's by stressing it with Benchmarking programs. I mean some of my games/other software makes my HDD thrash alot more than any Benchmark proggie ever has. Only thing I could see might stress the drives a bit is an access speed test, random of course, that runs for a very long time. I'm not very concerned about this, just more curiousity than anything else...
  8. Interesting topic, considering dressing up your case inside (and out) seem to be all the rage these last few years. Personally I think the rounded cables are bought by people who care more about how the computer looks than improved airflow or any such thing. Mind you, you can get these cables in a wide variety of colors, where with flat, your stuck with plain grey or maybe some ugly yellow color. My opinion is why not go ahead and buy them for your CD/RW/DVD drives, I can't see where you can go wrong, and also of course for your floppy drive. That way you might only have to worry about having 1 or maybe 2 at the most flat cables for your HDD's. Just wish they looked a little nicer, the flat cables, and they weren't so stiff they used to be fairly flexible once.