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5900rpm Seagate Hard Drives: Barracuda LP, Pipeline HD .2

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Seagate's Barracuda LP and Pipeline HD .2 series hard drives sport 500GB platters and a rotational speed of 5900rpm, giving them a slight edge in performance over Western Digital Caviar Green and Samsung EcoGreen lines: Is there a cost?

Samsung F2 EcoGreen HD502HI: Silent 500GB 3.5" HDD

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Single-platter drives are the quietest, according to conventional engineering wisdom, but this truism is not always borne out in reality. The Samsung F2 EcoGreen 500GB desktop drive is a triumph for conventional wisdom.

WD Caviar Green 2TB & Seagate Pipeline HD 500GB: Two Very Quiet Drives

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Two drives vie for the title of Miss SPCR Quietest 3.5" Hard Drive 2009. WD's candidate is the first and only (so far) 2TB desktop drive, and happens to be part of their famous Green Power series. Seagate's contestant is a 500GB Pipeline HD, marketed for media applications and spinning at an odd 5900 RPM.

Momentus 5400.6 & Scorpio Blue: Seagate & WD 2.5" HDDs at 500GB

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The current flagships of WD's and Seagate's 2.5" notebook drives go head to head in our review. 5400RPM, 500GB on two little platters with areal density at nearly 400 GB/inch: What performance and noise do the Momentus 5400.6 500 and Scorpio Blue 500 offer?

Seagate Pipeline HD Pro 1TB Hard Drive

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Seagate's Pipeline series of hard drives are aimed at DVRs, HTPCs and other devices designed to serve up media. Since performance is not critical for these types of applications, we assume that such a drive would be power efficient and quiet, two qualities that are right up our alley.

Seagate 7200.11 1.5TB: The Perfect Balance?

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On the outside, Seagate's 7200.11 1.5TB drive looks no different than the 1TB model. On the inside however, the platters are much more massive: 375GB vs. 250GB. Performance should be improved but will that be accompanied by extra noise?

WD and Seagate take steps to fix terabyte drives

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Reaching the terabyte mark was an important symbolic step for hard drive makers — a way of saying, "Our drives are so big, we need a new word to describe how big they are!" But that was two years ago, and, as the drives have aged, some problems have come to light. Both Seagate and Western Digital are in the midst of dealing with unexpected problems in their terabyte drives. And both have now commented publicly on the problems. And, happily, both have offered fixes for their respective problems.

Caviar Black: WD's Performance 1TB HDD

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The Caviar Black is Western Digital's premium 7200 RPM hard drive. The 1TB model has 3 platters and 32MB of cache putting it in direct competition with the Samsung F1 1TB drive. Which is faster, and more importantly, which is quieter?

Samsung SE-T084M/RSWD: Slick, slim, external optical drive

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It is a portable optical disk writer barely bigger than two standard CD clamshell cases and weighing under a pound. The small size and weight is perfectly enhanced by its power requirements: It needs no wall-wart for AC power, because its USB cable draws power for the unit from the PC that it's connected to. Brilliant and obvious.

WD SE16 Caviar 640GB is now Blue

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Western Digital has a new color code to identify different classes of drives in its lineup. This 320GB/platter, 2-platter 640GB is now in team Blue, between Black and Green. The single-platter 320GB model had casing variants which made it either very quiet or not so quiet. What about the Caviar Blue 640?

WD VelociRaptor: A Triple Crown

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It's an unusual product in every way: A 10,000rpm SATA drive in an enterprise 2.5" form factor mated to a cast aluminum heatsink with a 3.5" desktop HDD form factor. WD's Velociraptor actually manages to win three crowns at SPCR: Performance, Green and Acoustics... but for the last crown, not the way it's delivered to the retail buyer.

Samsung F1 750GB & 1TB Drives: Fast... and Silent?

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Samsung F1s are the top performing 7200RPM desktop drives of the day. We put the 750G and 1TB models through their paces in SPCR's acoustics chamber to find out whether they can take the low noise crown.

Western Digital's single-platter 320GB Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS

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WD's new 320GB/platter Caviar SE16 desktop hard drives have been creating some excitement. They are high performance by virtue of their high areal density, the OC websites have reported. With the low number of spinning platters, they should also be very quiet, a quality WD have been focused on for a couple of years now. We took the 320GB single-platter model out for a spin in our acoustics lab. It turned into a long and winding road.

Terabyte Round III: WD Caviar Green Power WD10EACS

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Our enthusiasm for the low noise WD 750GB Green Power hard drive prompted us to go hunting for the 1 TB flagship model so we could do more than speculate about it. With Western Digital's odd IntelliPower system for rating spindle speed, we wanted to confirm for ourselves that it shared all the characteristics of its smaller brother — noise, power and all.

Terabyte Round II: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11

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Seagate's Barracuda 7200.11 shows signs of significant changes, and it is claimed to be quieter, less power hungry, and faster than previous versions. And it is. But how much quieter?
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