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03-01-2004, 09:48 PM
Hi which drive should I go for in respect to, Noise, Heat, Speed, Reliability.

Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 ST3120026A, 120 GB, 7,200rpm, 8192K cache, ATA-100, IDE, Fluid Bearing, 3 Year warranty

Western Digital Caviar WD1200JB-SE, 120 GB, 7,200rpm, 8192K cache, ATA-100, IDE Hard Disk Drive

Thanks Jon

03-01-2004, 09:57 PM
My choice is the Seagate. I have one of these so I have put my money where my mouth is.

The warranty on the Western Digital is not mentioned here but I suspect you are looking at 1 year.

03-01-2004, 10:07 PM
Western Digital with 8Meg buffer is 3 year warranty. Both good drives. Maybe edge toward Seagate myself.

04-01-2004, 12:00 AM
Are they priced the same?? If so, I would go for the Western Digital.
Ever consider getting a serial ATA drive?? Tho the performance increase over the P-ATA drive is marginal so is the extra price you have to pay for it.

Just another thot : )

04-01-2004, 06:44 AM
Although I haven't used a Seagate drive before, I have to say that the Western Digital Caviar drives are VERY quiet, and seem to be quite fast. They emit so little sound that at times when the PC is frozen, it's hard to tell whether the computer is doing anything.

06-01-2004, 06:14 PM
Hi will I think be going for the Western Digital Caviar WD1200JB-SE as I have at present a 15Gb Western Digital Drive and have had no probs, quite too.
Was wondering does the WD1200JB-SE have the new fluid bearings, and also found this on toms Guides, which I found interesting;

Those who are interested in the new 120 GB model should be on the alert, because this drive is available at the store in two versions: one with the previous inner mechanisms and three 40 GB platters, and another one that is technically the same, but with two 60 GB platters. The new model has higher performance capabilities.

The model number of the new drive doesn't allow you to identify which is which, so we recommend that you take a look at the total number of sectors (indicated on the drive as "Drive Parameters"): the "old" model has 234.375 billion; the latest model has 234.442 billion. An alternative is to look at the manufacturing date - models dated starting September 2002 are most likely the ones that have 60 GB per platter.

Cheers all Jon