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Hitachi IC35L120AVV207-1 Deskstar

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Size: 81 to 180 GB / Speed: 7200 rpm / Integration Type: Internal

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      12.02.2004 17:42
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      I have had several hard disks that bear the name Deskstar. This name used to be associated with IBM drives. They still are in fact IBM drives but bear the name Hitachi these days. Apparently the two companies have formed a partnership. You still get a great drive though. As I have had many of these before, the Deskstar is one of the few things I buy that I don?t do any research on first. I knew I wanted a bigger drive (I had the 80 gig version before this one) so I just went for the Deskstar, this time the 160 gig version. I got it from a local computer Sunday market ? very useful places if you know what you want. I can?t remember exactly how much I paid for it but it was in the region of 80 ? 90 quid. Buying it like this means you just get the drive in a shiny metallic anti-static bag and no other packaging. Kid gloves is the order of the day then and if you do buy one in this state do it just before you leave the market to limit the chance of damaging it. I don?t want to overstate this but hard drives are not meant to be carried about in carrier bags in crowded rooms being knocked about by other people?s hardware in other carrier bags. They need to be looked after, they, like me are sensitive objects. Time for some specs I think. The physical size of this type of drive is 3 and a half inches-known as a 3.5 form factor. This just means it will fit inside your tower or desktop case in on of the 3.5 inch spaces provided. This 3.5 form factor means it ?WILL? fit in you case and that the screw holes will line up. Incidentally, if you buy a drive the same way as I did you will need to supply your own screws too. They can usually be bought at the same market though. The drive has a spindle speed of 7200 rpm. This means the drive spins at 7200 rpm to access your data very fast. I don?t think drives come quicker than this but I may be wrong. It comes in two flavours of interface ? PATA (Parallel ATA) and (SATA Serial A
      TA). Mine is the PATA version and at the moment yours probably will be too. Check your motherboard manual to find out if you can connect a SATA drive. You will certainly be able to connect a PATA drive if your computer is from this century. The SATA type is a newer faster version that connects in a slightly different way and has smaller cables. Faster and smaller has to be a good thing but don?t worry too much if you can?t use one yet. I should also point out here that if you are upgrading from a much older drive, a new IDE cable may be needed to get the most out of it as they have been improved over the years too. 160 GIG may seem a lot of space. The first hard disk I bought was 120 Megabytes that?s less than a tenth of one Gigabyte. The first one also cost more than the last one, how annoying is that? Drive capacity has grown massively over the years but so has the software you put on it. I am already using half of the available space on this drive with one game folder using well over 2 gigs on its own. The more space the better, although this really depends on what you use your computer for of course. Another important spec to note on this drive is the cache size 8192 kb or 8 megabytes. That is some memory dedicated to your hard drive that holds data for quick retrieval. Basically the bigger this number the better it is for you. 8192 kb is a lot and it?s very welcome. If you do a lot of work with photos or other graphics then this may be an important figure to look at. It?s all about speed. Connecting this drive is a fairly simple job. The makers do a good job these days of giving you the information you need to connect it on a sticker attached to the drive. Really all you need to do here is: Check that the jumper settings are correct. I.e. if it?s the first drive on the cable, set the jumpers to the master setting or set to slave if it will be the second drive. * Connect the necessary cables. I.e. the IDE data c
      able and the power cable. After that?s done turn on your computer and format the drive.* In use the drive is very quiet, that?s one of my favourite features. Noise is an important consideration these days but it?s not a problem with this drive at all. Choose screws with felt washers to attach it and you cut down the noise even further. If you have more than one fan in your case you simply will not hear this drive in normal use. Day to day use, this drive is faultless and as long as you treat your computer properly it will stay that way for a long time. You can run benchmarking programs* to find out exactly how fast this drive is but there?s not really much point. This is one of the fastest drives on the market at the moment and any that are faster will only be faster in milliseconds on most tests. As a long time user of these drives you can take my word on it, the Deskstar is a very good, very fast, very quiet and most of all reliable hard disk. Buy it, install it and forget about it. *Some useful sites for more detailed info: Get the best price and some more detail http://www.computerprices.co.uk/hardware/pricebrowser.asp?categoryid=HD%5FIDE& testcatid=HD%5FIDE&manufacturerid=Hitachi&textdesc=Hitachi How big? http://www.itd.umich.edu/~doc/Digest/1195/feat03side01.html How fast? http://www.sisoftware.net/


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