Digital Expert 27GB HD review
Posted by Adam
Klein on October 18, 1999
Digital Product: Expert
27.3 GB Hard Drive
27.3GB has been popular lately around the Internet. I bought
my 27.3GB drive a couple of weeks ago to replace my sluggish
and much smaller 8.4GB Maxtor drive, but this review hasnít
gone live until about 4 other reviews of this same drive
have popped up all over the internet.
is simply amazing when it comes to performance and is
monstrous when it comes to storage capacity. It is, however,
a little pricey.
When I got
this drive a couple o weeks ago it cost me $320 and that is
without the ATA-66 controller I bought 3 days prior to
receiving the drive. For this drive, I selected the Abit Hot
Rod 66 controller. The Abit version of the ATA-66 controller
uses the popular HighPoint controller chip. While this
controller chip is awesome at delivering performance, I did
find that it was not 100% compatible with other drives.
Digital 27.3GB drive had no problem with the controller at
all, while the 8.4GB Maxtor drive I had hooked up to the
controller locked up on some heavy file transfers.
I think the
main thing that drew me into buying this drive was the speed
improvement that I would see over my 8.4GB drive. With my
Celeron 550MHz, TNT2 Ultra and 224MB of RAM, the only thing
that was holding me back was the slow performance from the
two 8.4GB Maxtor drives.
of the WD 27.3GB drive looks very similar to that of IBM
drives. This is because Western Digital licensed a lot of
IBMís drive technology. This is good for Western Digital,
IBM and for us.
Digital Drives are available almost everywhere, while IBM
drives are not and IBM drives, in the past, were the fastest
drives around. Now, when you buy a Western Digital drive you
can expect to see performance near that of IBMs and that is
what I expected from my 27.3GB Western Digital drive.
27.3GB drive from Western Digital offers 27.3GB of storage
though four 6.8GB platters spinning at 7200 RPM. It offers
an ATA-66 interface and a huge 2MB buffer. All of these
together are what drawn me the most into purchasing this
drive and I wasnít disappointed.
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