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Postby craiger on Fri Nov 29, 2002 3:54 pm

Anyone get one of Western Digital's new Special Edition 8MB cache hard drives yet? Are they faster than Western Digital's regular hard drives? Are they quiet? Thanks, Craig.
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Postby sonyman on Fri Nov 29, 2002 4:29 pm

I have got one. It performs almost equally to RAID 0.

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Postby craiger on Fri Nov 29, 2002 4:43 pm

I'm not the great with Raid. Is that good? Are they quite also?
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Postby skinfreak on Sat Nov 30, 2002 6:55 am

My two normal WD800s are noisy as hell. Doesn't help that I've got a large vent in the front of my PC60, but I wouldn't imagine the 8mb versions being any quieter. Maybe go for the Maxtor 8MB drive that I've seen advertised. Or even an IBM 180GXP

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Postby dodecahedron on Sat Nov 30, 2002 7:22 am

sorry to go off-topic, but how about these new (to me at least) IBM 180GXP drives?
are they any better than the 75GXP/60GXP/120GXP ? do they have the same reliability issues ?
who makes them anyway, seeing as IBM dropped out of the desktop/workstation hard drive business ?
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Postby skinfreak on Sat Nov 30, 2002 8:49 am

All I know is that the 180GB 180GXP has 8mb cache. The 120GB version has 2mb. Dunno who makes them...
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Postby skinfreak on Sat Nov 30, 2002 8:50 am

All I know is that the 180GB 180GXP has 8mb cache. The 120GB version has 2mb. Dunno who makes them...
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Postby glock20rocks on Sat Nov 30, 2002 9:10 am

Go with the Western Digitals. I've got two of the 8MG ones on a RAID array, and it's VERY fast. :)

I'm trying to get my room-mate to buy 'em off me, so when I build my new system here soon I can go with 3 200GB on a RAID...hope they come out with a Serial ATA version, though...
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Postby lightningbaron on Sat Nov 30, 2002 9:19 pm

Goto http://www.storagereview.com/

Click on "Reviews".

In October 2002, they reviewed the Western Digital Caviar WD2000BB (2MB cache) /JB (8mb cache)

In May 2002, they reviewed the Western Digital Caviar WD800JB

Hopes the above information helps.
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Postby BuddhaTB on Sat Nov 30, 2002 11:28 pm

skinfreak wrote:All I know is that the 180GB 180GXP has 8mb cache. The 120GB version has 2mb. Dunno who makes them...

Hitachi bought out IBM's Hard Disk Drive business in September of 2002, so I'm guessing Hitachi probably makes the new IBM 180GXP Hard Drives.
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Postby KuoH on Mon Dec 02, 2002 8:04 pm

I have one of the WD 800JB 7200RPM and a Maxtor 100G 5400 RPM and both are equally silent. I can't hear any whine from the platters or clicks from the heads. As for speed, my system is only 333MHz, so I can't really do any benchmarking.

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Postby Excavator on Tue Dec 03, 2002 4:58 pm

Here's my 2 8meg cache WD1200's set up as RAID0

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Postby voltron on Tue Dec 03, 2002 11:29 pm

lol sisoft.. try george breese's hdspeed test available from www.georgebreese.com, it's very simple, and the screenshot is easy to read without getting lost like sisoft's load of bull.

http://www.georgebreese.com/net/softwar ... ed_014.zip

ill share my results (when i had the disks working, hah, currently being RMA'd b/c i deleted MBR and managed to do worse)
two Seagate 80GB 7200RPM, (2MB cache i think)
RAID 0
Burst: 92MB/s
Sequential: 45MB/s
using on board Highpoint raid controller.

and that's with 256K buffer
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