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FireWire Drive: Technical Data

The Mobile Storage Giant: A FireWire Hard Drive From Western Digital
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Western Digital FireWire Drive
Capacity 60, 80, 120 GB
Rotation speed 7.200 rpm
Seek time 8.9 ms
Cache 2048 kB
Guarantee 1 year

Note that the guarantee covers only one year (source : Western Digital website), which is a relatively short amount of time. In Europe, the manufacturer guarantee has to cover a minumum of two years, according to a law which has been in effect since the beginning of the year. So in Europe, Western Digital (or the retailers) will have to comply with this rule.

In the hard drive sector, the guarantee usually covers three to five years ; here, the FireWire drive deviates from the standard.

The inner workings of this drive are from the well-known WD1200BB, which offers 2 MB cache and runs at a speedy 7,200 rpm. Happily, this FireWire drive has a very low noise level ; it’s only when it is used with a notebook that the noise is somewhat noticeable. However, this is not bad, considering that the average PC system is generally louder than this external drive.

Additional information about this drive can be found at the Western Digital website :

http://www.wdc.com/products/firewire120gb.asp

Test Setup

Test System
CPU Intel Pentium 4, 2 GHz
Motherboard Soyo P4I Fire Dragon, i845 DDROn-Board IEEE1394 FireWire Controller
RAM 512 MB PC2100 DDR-SDRAM,CL2 (Corsair Micro)
FireWire Controller Texas Instruments
Graphics Card nVIDIA GeForce 2 Ultra,64 MB DDR
Network 3COM 905TX PCI 100 MBit
Operating System Windows XP Pro 5.1.2600
Benchmarks & Measurements
Office Applications Benchmark ZD WinBench 99 - Business Disk Winmark 2.0
High-end Applications Benchmark ZD WinBench 99 - High-End Disk Winmark 2.0
Low Level Benchmarks HD Tach 2.61
Performance Tests HD Tach 2.61
Drivers & Settings
Graphics Drivers nVIDIA Reference Driver 28.32
FireWire Driver Windows XP Standard
DirectX Version 8.1
Resolution 1024x768, 16 Bit, 85 Hz
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