Roundup Vol 1 - Page 1
Time to upgrade
The need for increased storage capacity is becoming evident day by day. As
broadband Internet is now a reality, more and more people are able to download
large amounts of data. The size of Windows 2000 and Windows XP operating systems
also require larger hard disk drives. Games and applications are increasingly
consuming more and more space as well.
Most users wishing to upgrade are looking for the best size, price and performance
when they spend their hard-earned cash. With ever increasing hard disk capacity,
the 40GB hard disk drive has almost become the entry-level standard for disk
drives. In this test we will be putting five 40 GB hard disks through their
In this roundup we have tested the following 5 models
- Fujitsu MPG3409AH-E
- IBM Deskstar 60GXP (IC35L040AVER07)
- Seagate Barracuda ST340824A
All drives include 40GB formatted capacity, 7200 rpm rotation speed, ATA100
connection interface, 2MB of cache, the same number of heads and slightly different
dimensions/weight. All of these drives are priced between $85-135.
The Maxtor 740DX is the newest drive in this roundup and supports not only
ATA100 but also ATA133, which promises even higher performance. However for
our test, we used the Maxtor 740DX drive running on an ATA100 connection interface
since only few current motherboards support the ATA133 interface.
The Seagate Barracuda ATAIII series arrived in a plastic case, which Seagate
names as "SeaShell". SeaShell is a unique, integrated PCB cover that
enhances handling protection, reduces returns and lowers service costs. Seagate
says that with the "SeaShell" protects and reduced returns of broken
drives at 30%! Anyway it is a good storage case for transportation.