- 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
- SATA 3.0Gb/s
- 5 years limited
Best non-SSD drive. Period. 11/20/2012
Is on sale often for about 100 bucks or so.
Almost as fast as a WD Raptor out of the box.
As fast or faster as a WD Raptor if you short-stroke the drive. The only thing faster is a SSD which has a tenth the space and twice the cost.
Short-stroking is easy, even for for first-time builders, see below if you're new to the concept. It doesn't even void your warranty and it makes this drive perform amazing.
There aren't really any cons to his drive....
It doesn't come with a SATA cable, but it's listed in the description it's a bare drive so you shouldn't expect one.
Shortstroking is easy, you don't need any special software, and even a "newbie" can do it and it's almost impossible to screw it up and even if you do, it's not going to break the drive, you just start over. The concept is that the outermost part of the drive is closest to the heads so they don't have to travel far to begin seeking data. Also, because it's the farthest part of the drive it's physically moving faster than the inner portions relative. So the transfer times are up too.
The easy method? Start with your blank drive, create a partition that's 10 percent (fastest) or 20 percent (almost as fast) the total size of the drive. That's your first partition and will always be created on the outermost part of the drive. Install your OS into that partition.
That's it, you're finished!
That forces the OS to be in the fastest part of the drive, significantly increasing read, write, and seek times, thus increasing the performance of the drive. If you do this on this drive, it becomes just as fast as it's 300 dollar WD Raptor brothers, and has just as much, or possibly more space than those tiny drives.
If you mess up, just wipe the drive, and start over. This can all be done if you wish using the windows install disks during the setup process just before installation, so you need no extra software.
If you wish, you can then partition the rest of the drive for storage.
For slightly more advanced users (But still fairly easy) you can get the trial version of HDTune and then run a benchmark test on the drive. Watch where the performance starts to drop off and then chose that amount to short-stroke by. There will be several "breakpoints" where you'll see it start to drop. You just need to chose performance vs space. On the 1TB drives, I had a breakpoint around 210gb so I shortstroked it to 205gb. (about 20 percent). I could have gotten slightly better speeds at 10 percent but it didn't justify the size loss. After 210 it rapidly went downhill, until it reached the innermost portion of the drive and was at almost half the speed as the first 10 percent. This is normal on any drive, and that's why short-stroking on larger drives is so effective! It's just a little more fine-tuned than the easy method I mentioned above.
I hope this might have helped a "newbie" who wants to get the best out of his/her drives.
Oh, did I mention yet that it DOESN'T void the warranty? :)
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