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WD hard drive question

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October 12, 2002 5:23:15 AM

After reading posts for the whole month, it seems like many of you guys really recommend Western Digital's WD800JB, while i was searching the WD website, there's another 80GB called WD800BB, as the site specifies, the main difference between these drives are that one has 8MB cache, and the other one has 2 MB cache, does a difference of 6MB cache make a huge difference? I am considering to either buy the WD800JB, WD800BB or the WD600JB, but I need some suggestion here .... well, i will also consider the Maxtor hard drives too~ .. like the DiamondMax model? .. but definitely no IBM recommendations, please ..

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October 12, 2002 5:52:42 AM

Well, 8MB vs 2MB cache was discussed at length in <A HREF="http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/modules.php?nam..." target="_new">this thread</A>. To sum it up, 8MB cache may help in some cases, but the difference is by no means huge.

Anyway, you might want to aim for both 8MB cache and high-density platters. This very recent <A HREF="http://www.tomshardware.com/storage/02q4/021011/index.h..." target="_new">review</A> at THG benches the brand new WD1200JB with 2x60GB platters. Looks good. Then again, if 80GB is what you want, the <A HREF="http://www.maxtor.com/en/products/ata/desktop/index.htm" target="_new">7200rpm DiamondMax Plus 9</A> with a single 80GB platter <i>and</i> 8MB cache is probably your best bet performance wise. Might be more reliable, too. Only one platter --> less heat, less moving parts --> smaller chance of failure. Just my guess, though.


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October 12, 2002 6:12:49 AM

The more expensive drive comes with a 3 year warranty while the cheaper drive comes with a one year warranty. Most of my failed WD drives died at just past 2.5 years of use, so that warranty is probably worth the extra money.

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October 13, 2002 2:18:42 AM

okay, so i decided that i am going to buy the WD800JB, but i am not sure if my motherboard will support it. I have a ECS k7S5A (version 3 maybe?), someone told me that it supports 80GB, but since the WD800JB is a special edition drive .. i just want to make sure before i purchase it
October 13, 2002 9:11:16 AM

Yes, the mobo will support the drive. The is nothing special about the special edition except the cache.
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