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Maxtor DiamondMax 9 Plus [b]120[/b]GB

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Does DiamondMax 9 Plus 120GB utilize 80G/platter or 60G or even 40G?

If there is sure a different like the western digital 120G, can anyone tell the different? Pls help thks. :)

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Almost certain it is 60GB platters. Last time I checked, Western Digital still uses 40GB platters in their WD1200BB model. Therefore, their STR is lower than the one of theMaxtor DM+9 of comparable size. However, a WD1200JB, with the 8MB cache, is an overall faster drive than the 2MB cache DiamondMax +9. And the Special Edition Western Digital also carries a 3 years warranty, something you can only have with the Maxtor DM+9 when you buy some retail box versions. Usually, the DM+9 has a scary one year warranty.

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I think that Eugene's suggestion for the WD120 / 200 issue (see that thread) applies well here, and that Maxtor has different transfer rates for the different capacities per platter (which does not seem to be the case for WD between 40 GB/p and 60 GB/p).

If I'm not confused it should be:

- a 60 GB/p if the max STR is about 50 MB/s,

- a 80 GB/p if the max STR is 57 MB/s or just above.

Yéti

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In another thread...

There are apparently a few different ways to distinguish between the 40 GB/platter and 60 GB/platter families:

1. Contact WD support and give them the serial number prefix from your drive. They can look it up to see which configuration it corresponds to.

2. Use a HDD utility, like IBM's DFT (there are others), which can report the actual number of heads in the drive, then divide that into your total capacity to figure out the areal density.

3. The top covers between the 40 and 60 are slightly different. It's easy to spot once you know what to look for. SR's reviews on both drives (look up the 800JB and 2000BB, for example) have pictures from the top. If yours looks like the former, it's a 40 GB/platter. If it looks like the latter, it's a 60 GB/platter drive.

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