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#1 13 years ago

I am looking for some feedback regarding the WD Raptor drives. Can be either the 36GB or the 74GB it doesn't matter which. I am interested in knowing: How much of a difference can be noticed between one of these drives, and either a 40GB or 80GB 7200rpm ATA133(not ATA100) 8MB cache, are these drives quiet, noisy, so-so. Also, how reliable are they? The 36GB has been around for about two years now so if someone has had one since the beginning and still using it, I'd be curious as to how it/they are holding up. I can get a 36GB for $122 and/or a 74GB for $189 both are on newegg so I am trying to decide if I should get one. My other choice is a Maxtor 120GB ATA133 7200rpm 8MB for $99 same place.




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#2 13 years ago

I installed a 36GB on my month old computer and I have no complaints. I can't hear it at all. It doesnt boot windows quite as fast as I had hoped though. To give you an idea, the when I boot XP Pro SP2, the blue bar that travels across the screen at the windows XP logo moves across 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 times before loading windows.




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#3 13 years ago

i have a 74 and its nice... no problems yet.




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#4 13 years ago

I have a long range of 7200rpm 8mb cach Maxtor disks, both ata(133) & s-ata, all have worked, and still are, up to expectations. They seem to be average noisy, nothing to complaint about. Iv had one of them survive some pretty warm and harsh conditions for 4 months. Have no experience with WD Raptors.




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#5 13 years ago
Operative34997I am looking for some feedback regarding the WD Raptor drives. Can be either the 36GB or the 74GB it doesn't matter which. I am interested in knowing:

How much of a difference can be noticed between one of these drives, and either a 40GB or 80GB 7200rpm ATA133(not ATA100) 8MB cache? Usually, yes. Sometimes there's no gain to be seen, but 10k drives usually beat out 7.2k drives, at least by a hair. Note that ATA133 is worthless on a 7.2k drive: the heads simply cannot manipulate the platters fast enough to saturate an ATA100 bus, let alone ATA133 (that's in the drive itself; an ATA133 controller is still a good thing for IDE applications). Are these drives quiet, noisy, so-so? Don't seem to be any better or worse than most other drives out there. Also, how reliable are they? No idea, but I haven't heard many complaints about them

The 36GB has been around for about two years now so if someone has had one since the beginning and still using it, I'd be curious as to how it/they are holding up. I can get a 36GB for $122 and/or a 74GB for $189 both are on newegg so I am trying to decide if I should get one. My other choice is a Maxtor 120GB ATA133 7200rpm 8MB for $99 same place.

Forget that Maxtor. If you get any Maxtor, make sure it's sporting a 16MB cache; these are often as fast at 8MB/10k Raptors, and boast much better storage capacities. I believe that the 16MB Maxtors can be had in both IDE and SATA trim. Seagate's 7200.8 Barracudas are a good choice as well, but only available as native SATA. Finally, 740 Raptors seem to perform better than 360 Raptors. Not sure why, but it's a consistent edge.




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#6 13 years ago

Thanks everyone for all the feedback. I'm still not sure at this point which I will go with. A 120GB with 16MB cache would be nice, but I don't think it's going to happen. Thanks again, guys. Anyone that wants to & can, can close this. Thanks.:)




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#8 13 years ago

I understand those drives exist, but there's a reason that I'm aiming to stay under 137GB. If there is a 120GB drive with 16MB cache, that would really be great. In the meantime I need to do some more research. Thanks.




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#9 13 years ago

137GB? Lemme guess, you want to use it with an early version of NTFS and/or a FAT partition created by M$'s crippled partitioner? If it's because of one of those (and I can't imagine any other reason why you'd want to pay the price premium, per-gig, on a 120GB drive), there are very simple workarounds. If it's for some other reason, I'd be interested in hearing it.