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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [11.21.05]
Manufactured by: Hitachi & Seagate



Obviously nobody is going to use these drives in the following applications. But I thought it would be interesting to see how each drive performs under a 'worst case scenario' - as a file server and web server.

The File Server test features a mix of reads and writes, while the Web Server test is almost all reads.




This time, the Hitachi drive stands above the rest, almost across the board. This time, even the older 60GB model outperform's Seagate's new 7200 RPM drive, though by a small margin.

Although the Seagate performs quite well compared to 5400 RPM drives, comes with a 5 year warranty, and actually manages to beat Hitachi's first gen 7200 RPM drive in data transfer tests, I just cannot recommend it over Hitachi's new 7K100. In every single test we performed, the Hitachi scores better. Although the 7K100 only comes with a 3 year warranty, it has a higher shock tolerance, so should be able to sustain more of a beating than Seagate's drives. And more importantly, as you can see above, it is available for around $100 less than the Momentus 7200.1!

There is no doubt however, that it is worth upgrading to a 7200 RPM drive on a notebook. Load times will noticably decrease across most applications, and file transfers will be a breeze. Although they don't have the platter density of dekstop drives, and therefore aren't quite up there in speed, if you have been chugging along with a 5400 RPM - or even a 4200 RPM drive, now might be the time to upgrade.

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