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Do you love the new Western Digital packaging or what?

Postby imtim83 on Tue Jun 03, 2003 1:47 am

I love it myself because now i can finally look at the serial #, LBA #, etc! That way i can find out what size platters it uses like I did with my WD1200JB i just bought a week ago for a really cheap price! Western Digital finally knows what the computer people crowd want at least! Plus i am picky lol. I sure hope other hard drive brands start use packaging like WD is ! I am someone that just needs to know the exact hard drive i am buying before i buy it!
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Postby eliminator on Tue Jun 03, 2003 2:12 am

too bad they skipped on the ATA card tho ! :wink:
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Postby CDRecorder on Tue Jun 03, 2003 9:46 am

Sounds nice! I wish Maxtor would do that! :D

I buy Maxtor drives because I'm not ready to buy WD again yet because of problems I have had with their drives.
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Postby Ian on Tue Jun 03, 2003 9:53 am

I just noticed my new 80GB SE uses ATA100 and not ATA133.. whats up with that?
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Postby CDRecorder on Tue Jun 03, 2003 10:32 am

That's a Western Digital, right, Ian? I don't think that I've seen any WD drives that use ATA133. :( Maybe WD isn't going to use ATA133, for some reason.
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Postby Kennyshin on Tue Jun 03, 2003 10:32 am

Nice. I bought some used hard drives about 10 days ago but I still don't know how many megabytes of buffer memories they have.

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Postby BuddhaTB on Tue Jun 03, 2003 11:43 am

I'm pretty sure Maxtor is the only company using ATA133.
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Postby CDRecorder on Tue Jun 03, 2003 2:24 pm

Well, I guess that this is another reason for me to continue buying Maxtors! :D
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Postby Ian on Tue Jun 03, 2003 2:49 pm

ATA133 is all marketing hype anyway. It's not like you're going to see any performance difference between it and ATA100.
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Postby CDRecorder on Tue Jun 03, 2003 3:49 pm

Oh, OK. Thanks for clarifying that, Ian! :D
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Postby eliminator on Tue Jun 03, 2003 4:18 pm

Exactly, Ian ! :wink:
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Postby ryus on Wed Jun 04, 2003 2:25 am

So what are the serial #'s that identify which drive is which? Please share :D
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Postby UALOneKPlus on Wed Jun 04, 2003 4:22 am

Wouldn't it be real nice if they could package the CD-RW drives this way too?

That way you could see what kind of drive is in that ubiquitous Cendyne / Buslink / whatever brand CD-RW, before you open the package!!
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Postby hjs on Fri Jun 06, 2003 3:03 am

Ian wrote:ATA133 is all marketing hype anyway. It's not like you're going to see any performance difference between it and ATA100.


Even S-ata is at the moment, it's only good for the air-flow ;)
(hd's aren't fast enough yet)

I just bought a IBM\Hitachi GXP180 120gb with 8mb Cache (ata-100)
Can't wait to pick it up and test it against my IBM GPX60 40gb
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Postby imtim83 on Fri Jun 06, 2003 4:02 pm

Ryus well I didn't really check how good the source was but i found it out at www.newegg.com in the comments part of the WD1200JB HD that i was reading before i bought it for a really cheap price!

The way you can find out if it is the three 40 gig platter WD1200JB Hard drive or two 60 gig platter WD1200JB Hard drive is by the LBA number!


LBA # 234375000 is the three 40 gig platter WD1200JB Hard drive

LBA # 234441648 is the two 60 gig platter WD1200JB Hard drive


I made sure i got the two 60 gig platter one. I was checking all of the WD1200JBs just to make sure. They all had the two 60 gig platter one but i only had to check three.
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Postby eliminator on Fri Jun 06, 2003 5:09 pm

what about the 1600JB/160GB platters.. ??
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Postby blakerwry on Wed Jun 11, 2003 2:18 am

you'll have to wait quite a while for those... most manufacturers are just now starting on mass producing 80GB platter technology.. seems like some can't get it right just yet.
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Postby Bhairav on Thu Jun 19, 2003 9:43 am

Kennyshin wrote:Nice. I bought some used hard drives about 10 days ago but I still don't know how many megabytes of buffer memories they have.

Seagate 7200.7
Seagate ATV V

2 x 160GB
2 x 120GB


Kenshin, the ATA Vs probably have 2 MB of cache, while the 7200.7 (SATA right?) have 8 MB.
www.storagereview.com has a review up of the 7200.7.
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Postby blakerwry on Sun Jun 22, 2003 4:56 am

There are several versions of the 7200.7 drive. ATA and S-ATA, and also 2MB and 8MB cache versions. I think these features are indepenent of eachother but I could be wrong.
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