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Seagate Barracuda ATA IV 80 GB
Member Name: Meshek
Seagate Barracuda ATA IV 80 GB
Date: 25/06/02, updated on 25/06/02 (1632 review reads)
Advantages: Fast, Reliable, Quiet
Disadvantages: Hot, Costs Money
In a computer one of the least interesting components has got to be the hard drive. With a graphics card it is easy to boast how good it is with programs such as 3dmark 2001 but allthough such tests do exist with hard disks they are rarely used or talked about. AS a result most people tend to buy hard drives only on grounds of size and price and also possibly the brand. The truth is however that although the hard disk is not the most glamerous of components it is one of the most important and without which you otherwise fast computer can run at a snails pace.
Important Factors and Features
Two factors which influence the speed of the hard disk which are easy to assertain are the spindle speed and the connection interface. The spindle speed is the speed at which the actual disk within the hard disk rotates this can range from about 5,400 to about 15,000. Personally I would not get any hard disk for a modern computer nowardays which is less than 7,200 since speeds bellow that are two slow. 2 words of warning though are that the faster disks run hotter than there slower counterparts which usually is not a problem but in some cases people would have to buy a fan for the hard disks, the other bit of advice is the faster disks are not necessarally faster because they can require a lot of processor time to operate and hence slow the computer down. The Barracuda
is a 7,200 speed disk which is good and it only uses about 1% processor to run which is very low for a hard disk. One slight problem with this disk is that it runs very hot, usually in excess of 50oC in a baddly designed case, however this is not a problem for me since I have a fan pointing at me and I have an alluminium case, but even if you do not this is unlikely to be a problem because the disks is designed to run at these high temperatures. The other easily identifiable element which effects speed is the connectio
n interface. At the moment there are two real types of connection interface available at the moment for internal devices, ATA and SCSI (pronounced scuzi). SCSI at the moment still costs a fortune and with the controller card and hard disk one would expect to pay 2 to 3 times as much than for an ATA hard disk. There are three different types of connection interface available at the moment. ATA 66, 100, and 133. The number refers to the number of megabytes per second the hard disk can transfer to the rest of the computer. In practice ATA 66 is painfully slow and should not be touched with a bargepole put ATA 133 has very little motherboard support and often the hard disk are not fast enough to fill that bandwith and so I suggest ATA 100 is the optimal solution at this time which this hard disk is. Another important factor which is proboly the thing most people complain about computers is noise. In a badly built computer the loudest component is almost allways the hard disk and there is little that can be done to muffle this sound without overheating and hence destroying the ard disk. So the only real solution is to buy a hard disk that is quiet from the outset. This hard disk does not disapoint in this respect being the quietest hard disk available on the market in England at the moment producing only 2.4 bels when idle! To me this is a very important thing and one thing that makes this hard disk especially good for me.
Other Good Points about the Hard Disk
Apart from the good speed and quietness mentioned above there are three other factors that make this an excellent hard disk. The first is the extreme hardiness of the hardisk. All to often people have taken there computer to a friend for a lan part only to find the disk head has 'crashed' in to the hard disk and damaged it. (This was the original meaning of a computer crash.) This hard disk can withstand an astonishing 350g's of non - operat
ing shock which is amazing concidering gravity is only 1g. Another good point about this hard disk is its large buffer of 2mb wihc ensures steady file transfers even if the disk is searching through a slow portion of the disk and hence allows very high peak transmittion rates. The final aspect which makes me like this hard disk is the price. Despite allow these special feature such as strength and quietness it is almost the cheapest for an 80gig hard disk at only £92.53 from www.komplett.co.uk.
Allthough the disadvantges are few and far between this hard disk has some. The first is the extreme heat this disk produces, which as I have allready said is not too major. Another ting is the price which is allow cheap twice as much as the cheapest disks on the market (20gig drives at 5,400 rpm costing about £40).
Overall this is a great dirve especially if one wishes to keep ones sanity from noise and wants a fast relaible hard disk that is very strong and yet not very expensive. I at the moment would buy no other hard drive.
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