Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 120GB (SATA) review – Quote from the review:
“All in all, the Barracuda 7200.7 SATA is a big improvement over the Barracuda SATA V. We may be disappointed with the earlier 2MB version, but our fears were unfounded simply because the buffer size was severely hampering its performance. The Barracuda 7200.7 is definitely one of the faster SATA drives around and would make an ideal RAID setup. However, its transfer rates did not help it to gain much ground over its competitors and we certainly hope their next model would address that. Still, if you want a drive with good write performance, there’s none other than the Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 SATA. “
Our take: We have heard that although the Seagate SATA drives are considered true serial ATA drives, they are still underperforming when compared to similar sized drives from Maxtor and Western Digital. But don’t take our word for it; check out the review by Hardware Zone. They give it a 4/5 overall. The price seems right at $139 dollars.
Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 200GB hard drive review – Quote from the review:
“The hard drive arrives like a ‘kit’, with the inclusion of the 5.25″ mounting brackets, mounting screws and a ATA interface cable. This is a great bonus, as you will not be hunting around for screws or a cable and can get straight in to installing the hard drive into your computer…”
Our take: We would do some more research before relying on their review to be the deciding factor. While the review was decent, they did not compare it to other hard drives at all which makes us wonder why it performs so well and compared to what!? Our instinct tells us this is a pretty good drive regardless.
Western Digital 250GB Special Edition combo Drive review – Quote from the review:
“So, despite the fact that we actually knew the results of our tests in advance, I don’t regret having spent so much time on running all those benchmarks. Firstly, the external WD drive we have just tested appeared faster and better than the 120GB model, which we have reviewed a while ago (see our Western Digital External Hard Disk Drive Review). Secondly, we saw that USB 2.0 and FireWire interfaces, do not provide enough bandwidth for it, as the drive can work even faster. And thirdly, I tried to play with this drive for as long as possible, as I really fell in love with it :)”
Our take: This is one of the longest reviews I have ever read; in fact every review at Xbit labs is long. It reminds me of the Anandtech format. If you have ADD, feel free to skip ahead to the conclusion. Overall they appear to really like this drive although they do not use a scoring system of any type on the site.