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STORAGE DEVICES

Hitachi Deskstar 7K250 Review
By: DMOS
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    2004-11-08

    Table of Contents:
  • Hitachi Deskstar 7K250 Review
  • Future Compatibility
  • Buffers
  • Power and Jumpers
  • Winbench '99
  • DivX
  • Conclusion

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    Hitachi Deskstar 7K250 Review - Conclusion


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    Other than capacity, hard drive technology hasn't moved much in the last few years. I think the results seen above show that to be a rather narrow view. While drive speed in RPM hasn't budged other than the introduction of the Raptor from Western Digital, the actual application performance has sped up quite a measurable amount. Hitachi, with their 7K250, accomplishes this by using 80GB platters (common for most modern ATA HD's), and I'm sure some interesting seek algorithms. Relative to a drive which was among the performance leaders almost three years ago, it leaves it quite far behind, especially in the HD limited parts of a DivX conversion.

    Highs:

    • Quick application performance
    • Legacy and new SATA power connections
    • 3 year warranty on SATA models

    Lows:

    • Longer than advertised seek times
    • Have to go SATA for longer warranty. (Somehow I don't believe the interface causes the disk to last longer.)

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