Mobile and Attractive: External Hard Disks from Maxtor and Seagate

Seagate External Hard Drive 160 GB, Continued

This model contains a 7,200-rpm Barracuda 7200.7 with the usual 8 MB cache. Seagate was the first manufacturer to supply ATA hard drives running at this speed. The company was also one of the first to include fluid dynamic bearings, which make the 7200.7 very quiet in operation.

The Seagate drive outperformed its competitor in the benchmark tests. However, at $250, the Seagate drive is rather more expensive per gigabyte than the OneTouch from Maxtor. What's more, the Seagate unfortunately only comes with a one-year warranty.