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People who bash this drive are missing the point... 06/04/2010
This drive is fast, faster than any mechanical hard drive I've had (note: my first IDE drive was a Seagate 106MB back in 1992, and I've had plenty since then). This drive is also quiet --when defragmenting, I cannot hear it above the noise-level of my case fans (which are all low or medium-noise models). The drive blows 7200rpm desktop drives away when doing multitasking operations that are also disk-intensive, or when doing random reads/writes.
There is no con to this drive if you understand why you'd buy a 7200rpm hard disk vs. an enterprise-level drive like the `Raptor, vs. an SSD.
I wanted more capacity than an SSD could provide at a reasonable cost. A 256GB SSD would cost $600-800. A 128GB SSD would not be enough storage for my boot drive. As for a 7200rpm drive, I already have them, and I wanted something faster. The `Raptor is faster, has enterprise-class reliability and features, and has a five-year warranty. Reviewers who have bashed this drive in favor of an SSD or a 7200rpm desktop drive don't truly know the difference between all three --each has their niche.
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