Decision at 250 GB: Maxtor MaXLine Plus II vs. Western Digital WD2500JB

Technical Data: Maxtor 7Y250P0 Vs. WD2500JB

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Header Cell - Column 0 Maxtor 7Y250P0WD2500JB
Capacity250 GB250 GB
Rotation speed7,200 rpm7,200 rpm
Access time"<=" 9.0 ms8.9 ms
InterfaceUltraATA/133 or Serial ATA / 150UltraATA/100
Cache memory8 MB8 MB
Error rate"<1" at 1015 bits read"<1" at 1014 bits read
Start-stop cycles">" 50,00050,000
Included in packageHard driveHard drive80-pin ribbon cableScrewsUltraATA/100-Controller (Promise Ultra100 TX2)Driver/ disk manager
MTBF / MTTF">" 1,000,000 hrs?
Warranty3 years3 years

When you compare them directly, it becomes apparent that the specifications of the Maxtor drive lie somewhat above those of the WD drive. The interface offers more (theoretical) potential, and the reliability claims are also marginally higher. Here, it is fitting that the write transfer rate is lower: it seems as if the write cache function is not as intensely used, and that safety is the top priority.

By contrast, Western Digital wants to offer a drive that can be used in any computer with its WD2500; thus, they include a generous bundle of accessories, including installation materials, a controller and disk management software. The Ultra ATA/100 interface is by no means inferior to the faster interface of the MaXLine drive. It's completely acceptable.

Test Setup

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Test System
ProcessorIntel Pentium 4, 2.0 GHz256 kB L2-Cache (Willamette)
MotherboardIntel D845EBT, Intel 845E chipset
RAM256 MB DDR/PC2100, CL2, Infineon
IDE Controlleri845E UltraDMA/100 controller (ICH4)Silicon Image Sil3112, Serial ATA
Display AdapterNVIDIA GeForce2 MX 400
Network Card3COM 905TX PCI 100 MBit
Operating SystemWindows XP Pro 5.10.2600Service Pack 1
Benchmarks and Tests
Office ApplicationsZD WinBench 99 - Business Disk Winmark 1.2 c't h2benchw
High-End ApplicationsZD WinBench 99 - High-End Disk Winmark 1.2
Performance MeasurementsHD Tach 2.61, c't h2benchw
I/O performanceIntel I/O meter
Drivers and Settings
Graphics DriverNVIDIA reference driver 29.42
DriversIntel Application Accelerator 2.3
DirectX Version9
Resolution1024x768, 16 bit, 85 Hz refresh