Maverick

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    Hitachi Announces New Deskstar HDDs

    yeh, I noticed the small difference in seek times. What effect does 2 heads (7K80) versus 1 head (7K160) have on performance? Also, has anyone seen any of the 7K160's anywhere - or will we have to wait till the 3rd quarter of '06.
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    Hitachi Announces New Deskstar HDDs

    So are there any real differences between: HDS721680PLA380 7K160 80GB, 8mb SATAII and HDS728080PLA380 7K80 80GB, 8mb SATAII particularly if running in RAID0 array.
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    Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9

    I'm looking at getting a serial version of this drive to couple with an Asus P4P800Deluxe. The MA6Y120M0 (120GB SATA) is sweetly priced at the moment compared to the 80 & 160GB versions. Also, the 120GB version (& 180) comes with a 3 year warranty (here, in Australia) whereas the 80GB version only has a 1 year Warranty. Is the 120GB version a 2 x 60GB platter drive (and the 80GB a single 80GB platter)? Would one be preferable in terms of performance? Has anyone got the 120GB or does anyone have any comments on whether it's a good drive to buy. PS. It's only a few dollars more than its PATA counterpart. Thanks
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    "SATA" category in Leaderboard?

    I'd still go SATA, if only for the RAID migration capabilites. Also, SATA versions are only a few bucks more than their PATA counterparts these days. Given that, the choice is between: 1) Raptor -36GB - $135 2) Maxtor Plus 9 - 120GB - $120 ie. $15 less for 3.33 times more capacity but no 10k - (NB: $110 for the PATA version) or waiting for the Hitachi/IBM & WD Caviar SATA drives. BTW, does anyone know why the 120GB Maxtor has a 3 year warranty compared to only 1 year on the 80GB version? Are there any speed/access advantages in getting a 120GB over an 80 or a 160GB? Because the 120GB seems to have the sweetest price:capacity point at the moment. Thanks
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    "SATA" category in Leaderboard?

    Fair enough ... but if someone is building a new system and has just purchased a new Springdale or Canterwood Board with ICH5/R Southbridge and they look at the Leaderboard, for a 7200rpm drive, the 2 top picks are the WDJB or 180GXP. Now, I'm no expert but I think for people upgrading to one of these Boards coupled with an Intel P4 800FSB CPU, it would be advisable to purchase a SATA rather than a PATA drive - just for the potential, RAID features and smaller cabling of SATA. Others may disagree? ... but it would be nice for those choosing to go SATA to have a Leaderboard list of 7200rpm SATA drives. The Raptor seems to stand on it's own but it's an expensive 10k solution. Which SATA drive is the 7200rpm "Leader"? Thanks
  6. Is there any reason that the Leaderboard doesn't include a "SATA" category? Thanks
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    IBM Deskstar 180GXP

    Follow up on the 180GXP changeover: Since the changeover (read above), I have experienced no problems with the 180GXP's thus far. They do seem more reliable. Also, my Sandra FSB score has jumped to 57,398 - impressive, even if synthetic.
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    IBM Deskstar 180GXP

    Update: A few days ago, ie about a month after receiving my 2 x 120GXP replacements ... surprise, surprise ... one of them failed. Hitachi/IBM's DFT test reported "Defective components" - that's 3 out of 4 120GXP's that have failed when RAIDed. This second batch was made in China, Nov '02 - they were of the "recycled warranty replacement" variety. I refused to accept another 120GXP as a replacement (and would have preferred to change brands altogether) but since they could only replace with the same brand under warranty, they gave me 2 new 60GB 180GXP's for a small upgrade cost. The 180GXP's have only been in for 24 hours ... but they already seem smoother for some reason, but not faster on benchmarks. I hope this will be the last need for a changeover. Final comment: IBM drives seem OK for single drive systems under normal use. But when they're RAIDed and used often, ie. daily defragging, transfers & backups etc. they don't seem to cut it. (PS. Since the first HD failure, I now backup 4 times a day!)
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    IBM Deskstar 180GXP

    yes, they've just changed the name. and it wasn't up till 3.15pm (EST) and that's only the front page - the warranty status check wasn't working for a while ... but it just started to work for the first time then - 4.25pm
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    IBM Deskstar 180GXP

    that's at: http://www.hgst.com/warranty
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    IBM Deskstar 180GXP

    IBM Hard Disk Drive Warranty - Service Notification http://www.storage.ibm.com/warranty/ The IBM Warranty and Returns site will no longer be available as of 31 December 2002. On 1 January, 2003, IBM will transfer all support for Hard Disk Drives to Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, Inc. On January 6th, 2003, customers can continue RMA service via the Hitachi End User RMA site.
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    IBM Deskstar 180GXP

    I'm not sure what you mean by "same thing". I was just saying that the exact same model and size, ie. 120GXP 40GB comes in at least 2 different casings. My theory is that they're just trying to use all the shells they have from faulty drives (because the casings say "recycled"). Incidentally, I just had a 60GXP 40GB fail - IBM DFT Result: "defective components"- it was manufactured in Oct '01. My experience with IBM drives is that if you simply install them and never touch them again - they seem to be fine ... BUT as soon as you start adding drives to your system or moving things around, they develop boot sector errors and bad sectors etc. It doesn't matter how careful you are or whether you're properly earthed etc, these drives just don't seem very tolerant to system changes (and hence regular upgrading) ... but I will admit that they are fast. Not that Sandra is a useful HD benchmark, but for example, my File System Benchmark score with 2 RAIDed IBM 120GXP's is 53,100 - which is impressive.
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    IBM Deskstar 180GXP

    The 2 different casings I received (ie. new v replacement after RMA) were on 40GB 120GXP's
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    IBM Deskstar 180GXP

    I have received my 2 replacement 120GXP's (40GB) and they too have a different casing than the ones I RMA'd and are made in China (just like above) ... but I wasn't that happy to see that the casing has a sticker on it that says the casing is a "recycled part".
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    IBM Deskstar 180GXP

    made in Thailand, May '02, Part No: 07N8450