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Real Gentlemen: Budget IDE Hard Drives
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Data Transfer Diagrams: Budget Drives

Maxtor 536DX 4W060H4


As you can see, the Maxtor drive starts at approximately 28 MB/s and descends to 16 MB/s. That can be called average performance today. Due to verifying algorithms, the write performance clearly lags behind the read performance.

Seagate ST360020A


Seagate's budget drive generates a "hectic" graphic. The data transfer performance does not descend steadily, but erratically. At the end of the medium, the read performance drops to even < 10 MB/s at some points - this drive is unsuitable for appliations that require a constant data stream. Write performance is also quite low, but hey, this 60 GB drive that only costs $ 140.

Western Digital WD600AB


The maximum data transfer performance in the graphic later on is not great, as it drops to 26 MB/s immediately. Although this drive might look fast at first, a glance at the performance diagram makes it clear that its speed is only average.

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