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Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1.5TB Portable USB 3.0 HDD

The Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1.5TB is the largest portable bus-powered external hard drive money can buy, supports the new USB 3.0 standard and features a unique interchangeable adapter interface.


Consumer SSD Battle: WD, Kingston, OCZ, Intel

The WD SiliconEdge Blue 64GB, Kingston SSDNow V G2 64GB, OCZ Vertex 2 60GB, and Intel X25-V 40GB offer small capacities but big speed compared to most hard drives. One model ultimately rose to the top, both in real world performance and energy efficiency.


WD Caviar Black 2TB & VelociRaptor 600GB

The Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB and VelociRaptor 600GB are two of the fastest SATA hard drives money can buy. HDD performance almost always comes at an acoustic price, but are these drives quieter than the predecessors, and do their speed/capacity/acoustics compete well against an SSD plus low cost high capacity HDD of similar cost?


Samsung EcoGreen F4 & Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB Hard Drives

The Samsung EcoGreen F4 2TB emphasizes low noise and energy efficiency, while the Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB is all about performance, with 64MB cache and new SATA 6Gbps interface. We examine the noise, vibration, energy efficiency, and performance of these two equally large, but very different drives.


Seagate Momentus XT: The Best of Both Worlds?

The Momentus XT 500GB is a hybrid notebook drive from Seagate featuring two 250GB platters spinning at 7200 RPM, 32MB of cache, and 4GB of SLC NAND flash memory. Is it truly an affordable high capacity drive with SSD-like performance?


Samsung 2TB EcoGreen F3 Hard Drive

In contrast to Samsung's highly visible marketing efforts in other sectors, its hard drives run virtually stealthed in the marketplace. They've long been prized for low noise by SPCR aficionados, however. We tackle the biggest of their F3 EcoGreen models, in response to popular demand.


Seagate FreeAgent Go 1TB and 640GB portable USB drives

Portable external storage devices of high capacity hold 2.5" laptop drives in a USB-interface casing. Are they all equal? We examine the 1TB and 640GB FreeAgent Go drives from Seagate and find them to be exceptional in at least one very important way (for most SPCR readers): acoustics.


An Interview with Seagate's Henry Fabian

SPCR interviews Henry Fabian of Seagate about Seagate, digital storage, hard drives and SSDs.


Western Digital Green 1.5TB vs. Seagate 7200.12 500GB

The 3-platter WD Caviar Green 1.5TB looks to improve on the already impressive acoustics and energy efficiency of the 2TB version. The 500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12, on the other hand, is a performance drive with only a single-platter and has the potential to be the quietest in its class.


More 500GB notebook drives: Seagate 7200.4 & Hitachi 5K500.B

Two more half-terabyte notebook drives spin through, a 7200rpm Seagate and a 5400rpm Hitachi: Acoustics and power efficiency continue to improve.


Scythe Quiet Drive 2.5

The Scythe Quiet Drive 2.5 is a noise & vibration dampening enclosure for 2.5" drives. Can it make a 7200rpm notebook drive quiet enough to take on an SSD, at least acoustically and in storage capacity?


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

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

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

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

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?



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