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Monday, July 24, 2006
Seagate ST380811AS

2. Package - Installation

Seagate's Barracuda 7200.9 arrived in a sealed anti-static bag. The retail price of the ST380811AS should be around €50 (depending on place of purchase and VAT).

Compared with the WD 800JD, 80GB SATA drive, it is slightly thinner:

The installation process is very easy, just plug the SATA power cable and connect with a SATA cable to the motherboard. As Seagate notes, in order to use SATA2 (300Gb/s) performance, you have to remove a jumper on the back of the drive that enables/disables SATA (150Gb/s) compatibility mode. NCQ (Native Command Queuing) cannot be disabled and is always on and activated, if the proper motherboard is used. With Lavasys Everest Ultimate Edition 2006, we can see various details about the HDD:

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