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WD 7200 8mb VS Maxtor 7200

Shamus MacNoob

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#1
Ok I dont get it lol I got 2 x 40Gig WD 7200 rpm and I also got 1 x maxtor 40 Gig 7200 and 2 x 30 gig 7200 maxtor's

Why are the maxtor's faster ? I would have thought the WD with the 8mb cache would have been ??


Anyone know why ? and under what circumstance should the 8mb cache make a difference ?

if I would have known I would have got more maxtors lolol
 
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jumpy

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#2
The speed of the drive isn't only dependent on the cache size. There are many other factors such as read times, seek times etc. The 8mb cache *should* perform better when moving large files and video editing etc.
 
#4
I like Western Digital's 3-Year no-hassle warraty. My 80GB hard drive pooped out on me last week, and they put a new one in my hands at no cost within five days of telling them I had a problem, and they will do the same thing for me until March of 2006. They didn't charge my credit card, and just asked that I send them the old one. What service!

As far as speed goes, it might not even be noticeable to you. A Medal of Honor map could load up in 4.6 seconds on one, and 4.9 seconds on the other.

I like WD for incredible service :)
 

Shamus MacNoob

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#5
Originally posted by taurus
when you say they're faster, what are you using to gauge this?

In any performance test , ie sandra, performance test 4 , ATTO, all give better performance on the maxtor.

But its true the 3 years is a bonus. Dont get me wrong I love my WD's , was more of a general question.

I will try and test with larger video files and see if the 8mb shows some balls lol :)
 
#6
Hmmm.

What 3 year warantee on WD?

The news last fall was that they dropped back to the industry standard 1 year warantee. Did they chicken out and stick with their old warantee? Or is the 3 year just for premium drive models now?
 
#8
Originally posted by LeeJend
Hmmm.

What 3 year warantee on WD?

The news last fall was that they dropped back to the industry standard 1 year warantee. Did they chicken out and stick with their old warantee? Or is the 3 year just for premium drive models now?

Just make sure that whoever you buy them from has the 3-year advertised. You can always check your serial on the internet to see how much warranty you have left. The white-label (made by WD, marketed by someone else) are the 1-year-warranty drives.

BTW The one I have that is under warranty until 2006 was built 28 Jan 2003, according to the label.
 
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Bretenn

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#10
i think the wd 8mb cache has 3 years warranty whereas those wd 2mb chache has 1 years warranty (those resellers told me)
correct me if i'm wrong ;)
 
Z

Zansky

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#11
are your WD's perhaps hooked into a pci raid card or IDE controller? this might be why they are slower....
 

Shamus MacNoob

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#12
No they are hooked into the ide 2 controller I do have ide 3 and ide 4 for raid but its not in use ... and I have heard that it is slow bretenn will tell ya that :)

Its ok its not like they are slow per say they just dont seem to perform as fast as the maxtor's , all that aside I am happy with them was just curious about the speed. I will wait a bit and buy me a couple of SATA HD's and wont worry about speed :)
 

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