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Comparison Table

500 GB External Drives Tested
By

Manufacturer

LaCie

Western Digital

Western Digital

Wiebetech

Model

d2 Quadra

My Book Premium ES

My Book Pro

ToughTech XE

HD Manufacturer

Hitachi

Western Digital

Western Digital

Hitachi

HD Series

Deskstar T7K500

Caviar

Caviar

Deskstar E7K500

HD Model

HDT725050VLA360

WD5000xx

WD5000xx

HDS725050KLA360

HD Capacity

500 GB

500 GB

500 GB

500 GB Interfaces

Firewire 400

yes

no

yes

cable

Firewire 800

yes

no

yes

yes

eSATA

150 MB/s

300 MB/s

no

yes

USB

yes

yes

yes

yes

Smart Power off

yes

yes

yes

no

Weight

1530 g

1100 g

1190 g

1290 g

Price

$ 229.99

$ 199.99

$ 229.99

$ 357.95

Warranty

2 years

1 year

3 years

1 year

Test Setup

System Hardware

Processor(s)

2x Intel Xeon Processor (Nocona core)

3.6 GHz, FSB800, 1 MB L2 Cache

Platform

Asus NCL-DS (Socket 604)

Intel E7520 Chipset, BIOS 1005

RAM

Corsair CM72DD512AR-400 (DDR2-400 ECC, reg.)

2x 512 MB, CL3-3-3-10 Timings

System Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar WD1200JB

120 GB, 7,200 RPM, 8 MB Cache, UltraATA/100

Test Hard Drive I

Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3500641

500 GB, 7,200 RPM, 16 MB Cache, SATA/300

Mass Storage Controller(s)

Intel 82801EB UltraATA/100 Controller (ICH5)

Silicon Image SATALink SiL3512

Driver 1.2.0.57

Promise FastTrak TX4310

Driver 2.06.1.310

Promise SATA 300TX4

Driver 1.0.0.33

Networking

Broadcom BCM5721 On-Board Gigabit Ethernet NIC

Graphics Card

On-Board Graphics

ATI RageXL, 8 MB System Hardware

Performance Measurements

c’t h2benchw 3.6

PCMark05

V1.01

I/O Performance

IOMeter 2003.05.10

Fileserver-Benchmark

Webserver-Benchmark

Database-Benchmark

Workstation-Benchmark System Software & Drivers

OS

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition, Service Pack 1

Platform Driver

Intel Chipset Installation Utility 7.0.0.1025

Graphics Driver

Default Windows Graphics Driver

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