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High-Capacity Business Hard Drives: Biggest Of The Bunch

Drive Comparison Table And Test Setup

ManufacturerHitachiSamsungSeagate
ModelDeskstar E7K1000EcoGreen F2Barracuda LP
Model NumberHDE721010SLA330HD103SIST31000520AS
Form Factor3.5"3.5"3.5"
Capacity1,000 GB1,000 GB1,000 GB
Spindle Speed7,200 RPM5,400 RPM5,900 RPM
Other Capacities750 GB250, 320, 500, 640, 750, 1,500 GB1,500, 2,000 GB
Platters322
Cache32 MB32 MB32 MB
NCQyesyesyes
InterfaceSATA/300SATA/300SATA/300
Operating Temperature0-60°C0-60°C0-60°C
Specified Idle Power5.2 W4.4  W3.0 W
Measured Idle Power5.8 W3.8 W3.8 W
Operating Shock (2 ms, read)70 G70 G70 G
Warranty5 years3 years3 years
ManufacturerSeagateSeagateWestern Digital
ModelBarracuda LPBarracuda LPWD RE4-GP
Model NumberST31500541ASST32000542ASWD2002FYPS
Form Factor3.5"3.5"3.5"
Capacity1,500 GB2,000 GB2,000 GB
Spindle Speed5,900 RPM5,900 RPM5,400 RPM
Other Capacities1,000, 2000 GB1,000, 1500 GB
Platters343
Cache32 MB32 MB64 MB
NCQyesyesyes
InterfaceSATA/300SATA/300SATA/300
Operating Temperature0-60°C0-60°C5-55°C
Specified Idle Power5.5 W5.5 W3.7 W
Measured Idle Power4.2 W4.2 W3.5 W
Operating Shock (2 ms, read)70 G70 G65 G
Warranty3 years3 years3 years

Test Setup

System Hardware
HardwareDetails
CPUIntel Core i7-920 (45nm, 2.66 GHz, 8MB L2 Cache)
Motherboard (Socket 1366)Supermicro X8SAX Revision: 1.1 Chipset: Intel X58 + ICH10R BIOS: 1.0B
RAM2 GB DDR3-1333 Corsair CM3X1024-1333C9DHX
HDDSeagate NL35 400 GB ST3400832NS 7,200 RPM, SATA/150, 8 MB Cache
Power SupplyOCZ EliteXstream 800WOCZ800EXS-EU
Benchmarks
Performance Measurementsh2benchw 3.12PCMark Vantage 1.0
I/O PerformanceIOMeter 2006.07.27File server-Benchmark, Web server-Benchmark, Database-Benchmark, Workstation-BenchmarkStreaming ReadsStreaming Writes
System Software and Drivers
DriverDetails
Operating SystemWindows Vista Ultimate SP1
Intel ChipsetChipset Installation Utility 9.1.0.1007
AMD GraphicsRadeon 8.12
Intel Matrix Storage8.7.0.1007