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  1. Eugene

    Fastest HDD on planet?

    Claiming an HDD is the fastest based solely on transfer rates is akin to claiming an entire computer is fastest based solely on the memory transfer speeds.
  2. That's the main reason right there. Depending on applications, between 25% and 80% of data is either fetched from the buffer on a good SATA drive (the figure is much less on the typical SAS drive which is the primary reason why SATA drives whip SAS units for non-server use) or the next request lies very close to the previous fetch when it comes to "stride," the LBA distance between two transactions. Low stride distances that aren't mitigated outright by the drive's buffer are usually served from the same track, more often than not just a few sectors away: For some data, check out the "Distribution of seek distances" graph and the writeup below it at Regarding the relevance of seek times in general to today's applications, this older data-heavy thread is still quite relevant:;#entry217603
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    Barracuda ES.2 SATA vs SAS

    Its not exactly apples to apples, but here's a comparison of the ES.2 in SATA (32 MB buffer) vs SAS (16 MB buffer): Note that the STR is different between these two samples... zoning must be different on the SAS unit's platters.
  4. You're absolutely right, thanks. 3.9 ms measured seek time... even more impressive. Regards, Eugene
  5. WD's next-generation Raptor is here! The VelociRaptor WD3000BLFS doubles the line's capacity to 300 gigabytes and reduces the line's form factor to a modern 2.5" profile. How much higher does the latest entry in this storied family raise the performance bar? Join StorageReview as we take a look at the newest drive out of Lake Forest. Western Digital VelociRaptor Preview
  6. Though Hitachi's Travelstar 7K200 rules the roost when it comes to notebook drives, other offerings bring greater capacity to the table. Two such units, Hitachi's own 250-gigabyte Travelstar 5K250 and Western Digital's 320-gigabyte Scorpio WD3200BEVT, offer more storage at a more sedentary spindle speed. How much performance does one sacrifice? What other benefits does this pair of drives bring to the table? StorageReview takes a look! 5400 RPM & Speed: Hitachi's Travelstar 5K250 and WD's Scorpio WD3200BEVT
  7. Its always the evil corporation's fault, right? Never the mom-and-pop hardware review sites or the overeager enthusiast readers? : "For each GreenPower drive model, WD uses a different, invariable RPM." Perhaps a suit against the reviewers and/or individuals is more warranted.
  8. Despite what you may have read at other websites, the 1 TB GP drive features a static 5400 RPM spindle speed. This is beyond dispute, and easily derivable for any that choose to investigate. Regards, Eugene
  9. I strongly disagree with this statement. Multi-user =/ multi-tasking, the latter of which is much more closely represented by the single-user DriveMarks than something that almost artificially keeps concurrency at levels virtually unmaintanable in a non-server environment.
  10. Leveraging a unique five-platter design, Hitachi Global Storage managed to bring the formidable Deskstar 7K1000 to the market well before competing designs. For several months now, Hitachi's beast has combined the best capacity and performance one could get on the SATA interface. Now, however, competitors Seagate and Western Digital have commenced shipment of their first terabyte units... and each manufacturer's take is a bit different from that of Hitachi's. The Review
  11. The Travelstar 7K200 extends Hitachi's performance-oriented notebook lineup to a capacious 200 gigabytes and ups the buffer to 16 megabytes. Historically, the firms drives have led the pack when it comes to performance. Does the 7K200 continue the trend? Let's take a look! Hitachi Travelstar 7K200 Review
  12. Eugene

    SR Ads

    All advertisement on SR is automated through a network. The days of individual deals with Hypermicro and ZipZoomfly are, for better or worse, long gone. Thus, we don't individiually review what appears. That said, if there's specific egregious things including popups, we'll take a look. What's popping up?
  13. The Samsung SpinPoint T166 provides an unassuming yet compelling alternative to 500-gigabyte offerings from the more well-known Hitachi, Seagate, and WD. In this review, we'll take a look at how Samsung's contender stacks up against the rest. Samsung SpinPoint T166 Review
  14. Both drives weigh in at 698.6 binary GB as reported by both Testbed4's SATA controller and Windows's Volume Properties.
  15. WD's newest Caviar SE16, the WD7500AAKS, is the latest drive to bust past the 500 GB plateau in taking us to a new generation of capacity. It joins products already shipping from Seagate (the 750 GB Barracuda 7200.10) and Hitachi (the terabyte Deskstar 7K1000). Come with us as we take a look at how WD's newest performs in our comprehensive drive test suite. Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD7500AAKS Review