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LED ZEPPELIN

80GB still made?

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Hello all,

I recently started work at a company and they gave me a brand new dell optiplex computer. It has an Intel Core 2 inside and all but surprising I noticed it only has an 80GB drive. I checked device manager and inside is a WD800JD 80GB 7200rpm drive. I didn't even know Western Digital still made 80GB drives. Newegg.com labels it as a Caviar Blue. This model isn't even on the WD site.

Do HD manuf. make smaller hard drive for OEM business machines?

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The short answer, yes you can still get 80GB drives from OEMs.

Just be aware they may actually be short-stroked drives (eg larger drives, with reprogrammed firmware to say they are smaller than what they are)...

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The short answer, yes you can still get 80GB drives from OEMs.

Just be aware they may actually be short-stroked drives (eg larger drives, with reprogrammed firmware to say they are smaller than what they are)...

So you're saying it could be a WD Caviar 160gb (still produced) with one of the platters not used or a 160gb platter with half not seen? Interesting....

I still wonder why many business machines only come with 80GB drives. Even though I don't need that much storage (all CAD work is saved on the network server) it still seems weird to 'short-stroke' a drive.

Either way, I say Dell did a great job with the Optiplex 760 (the larger tower). It is near silent.

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