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IBM Deskstar 75GXP 30 GB
Member Name: manic_man
IBM Deskstar 75GXP 30 GB
Date: 11/06/01, updated on 11/06/01 (294 review reads)
Advantages: Very Fast, Almost Silent Operation, Good buffer, spin speed and interface
Disadvantages: Price per pound not cheapest any more
This hard drive is quick! I bought it a little while ago, whilst looking for a HD around the 30GB area. I bought this drive OEM from Dabs and so cannot comment on its retail packaging. When I bought this drive, about 1 year ago it was brand new and was only available as a 30GB or 60Gb drive, however it has since branched out a bit more and is now available as a 76GB drive as well. Recently, other HD manufacturers have released dives which can beat the cost per pound of this drive, however at the time it was the cheapest available.
On to its specs. Well it has the usual “Big drive” 2MB buffer it also has a spindle spin speed of 7200RPM, this makes a lot of difference for HD intensive work, such as playing games or ripping music or compiling Movies etc, you get the idea! It also has a UDMA100 interface. If you have an older motherboard that only supports UDMA66 then it will work fine on your board however you will not be getting the best performance out of the drive and I would suggest that you either got a new motherboard OR bought yourself a PCI UDMA100 controller card, these can be found quite easily by looking through magazines such as “MicoMart.” And can be purchased for around £45.
This drives other good features include it being very quite in operation, so much so that I often have to actually check my HD activity LED to make sure that its actually doing something. In fact, IBM has a tool which will allow you to make the drive even quieter this comes at the expense of speed however and speed is the name of the game with this drive. In a recent magazine review I read it actually outperformed most of the 10,00 RPM SCSI drives they had on test, no mean feat for an IDE drive. For those of you interested in benchmark scores, I managed to get a Sisoft Sandra Pro 2001 score of 24,967 out of it, now that aint slow!
Its worth remembering when you buy a hard drive that the actual data size isn’t going to be the sam
e a the formatted data size. As far as I can tell, most format down in the same way as this drive did, it went from an “official” size of 30.7Gb to a formatted size of 28.9GB. Still not small.
You may have guessed by now but I thoroughly recommend this drive as an alternative to going SCSI or just as one of the fastest IDE HD’s money can buy, even if now there is a little bit more of that money involved!
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