Laglorden2

Elsewhere: Seagate 400Gb vs. Hitachi 400Gb

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First they publish an article claiming the 7200.8 is quieter than 7200.7 (something Seagate's own specification sheet doesn't support). Then they publish this;

http://www.gamepc.com/labs/view_content.as...00gbcomp&page=1

Saying Seagate only uses 4 platters instead of Hitachis 5. No, actually it's 3 platters in the Seagate drive.

And they have 5 different benchmarks all measuring sustained throughput, no recording of actual use...

And... isn't Hitachi's new generation (SATA-II) 7K500 and T7K250 already out? or will be generally availible really soon now... So why this review, now?

Oh, well I hope this site starts reviewing discs again soon!!! :)

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Saying Seagate only uses 4 platters instead of Hitachis 5. No, actually it's 3 platters in the Seagate drive.

The Seagate data sheets don't mention the number of disks and heads at all.

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No, the data sheets don't mention this but Seagates marketing department doesn't exactly hide it either:

However, unlike Hitachi's brute force method of increasing capacity with the use of up to five disk platters, Seagate took the technology route with higher platter density disks. If you're wondering if they would be using four 100GB/platter disks based on current generation technology, you'll be dead wrong. Seagate took another giant leap forward with even greater platter densities, increasing it up to as high as 133GB/platter. Thus, you'll only find three disk platters in a 400GB Barracuda 7200.8 drive

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