Seagate 500GB and Western Digital 400GB drives reviewed

By on April 19, 2006, 3:27 AM
Processors are incredibly fast, RAM is rocketing its way through our games, and videocards pack more punch than ever. With all these screamingly fast system components available, often the hard drive is neglected. Itís a commonly known fact that despite of several improvements in the past years, hard drives are still the biggest performance bottleneck in desktop systems today. That is why having a fast, large hard drive should be a priority for all computer users.

Today we take a look at two of the largest desktop drives on the market from two of the most popular hard drive vendors. From Western Digital, we received the Caviar SE 4000KD which is a 400GB 4-platter SATA-II behemoth, and from Seagate, the Barracuda 7200.9 500GB 4-platter SATA-II drive.

Read the complete review here.

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reidster said:
On page 1 of the review the Seagate is listed as $185 and the Western Digital is $290. I wish I could pick up a 500GB for $185. I'd have my CC out right now if so. Please fix!
Julio said:
You are right, I confused the price between the two columns, obviously the 500gb drive is selling for $290 (average), and WD's 400gb drive sells for less than that. Thanks a lot!
CrazyJoe said:
What are those charts measuring? Is it megabytes/second for data transfer? So, higher numbers are better, right? When showing a chart or table of numbers, it is imperative to name your units. Otherwise, we don't know what you're trying to tell us.
PanicX said:
Some noise levels and temperature specs would have been nice too.
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