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Reviewed by: Norman Tan [04.19.05]
Manufactured by: Hitachi, Maxtor, Seagate, Western Digital

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Seagate's Barracuda 7200.8

Easily the largest drive in this round-up at a whooping 400gb, Seagate's latest drives are in their second generation of supporting NCQ. The drives spin at 7200 rpm and have a standard 8 megs of cache, but what is impressive is that fact that each platter is 133gb in size, which means that this drive only has three platters. This translates into less moving parts and because of the high data density, faster IOs in the inner track.

Another big feature of the Seagate is its 5 year warranty. Five years! All drives should have that.

Western Digital's WD740 Raptor

Finally, we have the venerable second generation Raptor. Of the drives in this roud-up, this was the only one that did not support NCQ, instead going with Tagged Command Queuing which is supported by very few controllers out there. The Raptor is also the smallest drive in this roundup, but with that smaller size comes a 10k rotational speed. In theory, this rotational speed will give the Raptor the edge over the other drives, but we shall see won't we?

The warranty on this drive is 5 years which is expected considering the price premium that one pays.

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