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Seagate Pipeline HD Pro 1TB Hard Drive

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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?


The Terabyte Landmark: Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000

The Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 was the first terabyte drive to market, and it remains one of the fastest drives money can buy, competitive with the legendary WD Raptor. Historically, Hitachi drives have been on the noisy side, but the 7K1000 brings incremental improvements and a low RPM idle mode that no other drives in the industry offer.


WD Green Power: A New Benchmark in HDD Acoustics & Power

Western Digital has been on our watch list since they sent us their (then) flagship 500 GB drive with seeks that we could hardly hear. This is the WD first drive sample that we've seen since, and it's unusual: Their PR says it's Green, low power, and very quiet. We confirm that it spins at 5,400 RPM using frequency spectrum analysis; WD's code for this speed is "IntelliPower". Does lower rotation speed mean lower noise? You betcha!


Seagate Momentus 7200.2 160GB 2.5" hard drive

Seagate is one of three manufacturers now making 7,200 RPM Notebook drives. Their Momentus 7200.1 was an acoustic disappointment, but it's been updated with Perpendicular recording and fall detection in the 7200.2. Did the improvements extend to the acoustics?


Antec MX-1: Actively Cooled External HDD Enclosure

The MX-1 is Antec's first external hard drive enclosure. They pointedly call it an Actively Cooled Hard Drive Enclosure. It includes a fan, one quiet enough that Antec says it measures less than 22 [email protected] That's quieter than most hard drives. It's made mostly of plastic, but Antec also claims it keeps the drive very cool. Those are pretty good reasons for us to be interested



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