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Hard Drive Head-2-Head (Seagate Sata2 320GB vs. Western Digital Sata 2 320GB)

Former staff writer    -   November 27, 2006


Installation
Installation is pretty easy. Screw the hard drive into an empty slot in your case, plug in the Power and Data cables, and away you go. I did all of the benchmarks for this drive with it on SATA2 mode, so I had to remove the jumper as well. Other than that, installation is a breeze.

Seagate Specifications
Features

  • Perpendicular Recording: increases data density while decreasing moving parts for a more dependable drive.
  • Serial ATA 3Gb/s (300MB/s): configurable from SATA 1.5Gb/s to SATA 3Gb/s for easy interoperability.
  • Adaptive Fly Height: consistent read/write performance from the beginning to end of your computing workloads.
  • Clean Sweep: automatically calibrates your drive each time you power up.
  • Directed Offline Scan: runs diagnostics when storage access is not required.
  • Seagate SoftSonic motor: whisper-quiet operation.
  • Enhanced G-Force Protection: defends against handling damage.
  • Unprecedented five-year warranty.

Specifications
Capacity and Interface
  • Formatted Gbytes (512 bytes/sector): 320
  • Interface: SATA 3Gb/s
  • Max. External Transfer Rate (Mbytes/sec): N/A
  • Avg. Sustained Transfer Rate (Mbytes/sec): >
  • Average Seek: N/A
  • Average Latency: 4.16ms
  • Multisegmented Cache: 16384Kb
  • Spindle Speed (RPM): 7200
Reliability/Data Integrity
  • S.M.A.R.T. capable: Yes
  • Nonrecoverable Read Errors per Bits Read: 1 per 1014
  • Service Life/Limited Warranty (years): 5/5
Power Requirements
  • +12 VDC +/-10% (amps typ operating): 2.8
  • +5 VDC +/-5% (amps typ operating): N/A
  • Power Management (watts)
  • Seek: 12.6
  • Read/Write: N/A
  • Idle: 9.3
  • Standby: 0.8
Environmental
  • Operating Temperature (°C): 0 to 60
  • Nonoperating Temperature (°C): 70 to -40
  • Operating Shock (Gs) @ 2 msec: 63
  • Non Operating Shock (Gs) @ 2 msec: 300
  • Acoustics, Idle (Bels-typ sound power): 2.7
Physical
  • Height (mm): 26.1
  • Width (mm): 101.6 >
  • Depth (mm): 146.99
  • Weight (kg): 0.635
Warranty
  • 5 Years

Western Digital Specifications
Features

  • 16 MB cache
  • Up to 300 MB/s transfer rate
  • Cool operating temperature
  • Whisper quiet with WhisperDrive™ and SoftSeek™ technologies
Specifications
  • Formatted Capacity: 320,072 MB
  • Capacity: 320 GB
  • Interface: SATA 300 MB/s
  • Number of Platters: 3
  • User Sectors Per Drive: 625,142,448
Performance
  • Rotational Speed: 7,200 RPM (nominal)
  • Buffer Size: 16 MB
  • Average Latency: 4.20 ms (nominal)
  • Contact Start/Stop Cycles: 50,000 minimum
Seek Times (Average)
  • Read Seek Time (Average): 8.9 ms
  • Write Seek Time (Average): 10.9 ms (average)
  • Track-To-Track Seek Time: 2.0 ms (average)
  • Full Stroke Seek: 21.0 ms (average)
Transfer Rates:
  • Buffer To Host (Serial ATA): 300 MB/s (Max)
  • Buffer To Disk: 748 Mbits/s (Max)
Shock:
  • Operating Shock (Read): 65G, 2 ms
  • Non-operating Shock: 250G, 2 ms
Acoustics:
  • Idle Mode: 28 dBA (average)
  • Seek Mode 0: 33 dBA (average)
  • Seek Mode 3: 29 dBA (average)
Temperature (Metric)
  • Operating: 5° C to 55° C
  • Non-operating: -40° C to 65° C
Humidity
  • Operating: 5-95% RH non-condensing
  • Non-operating: 5-95% RH non-condensing
Altitude (Metric)
  • Operating: -305M to 3,050M
  • Non-operating: -305M to 12,200M
Vibration
  • Operating
  • Linear: 20-300 Hz, .75G (0 to peak)
  • Random: 10-300 Hz, 0.004 g² / Hz
  • Non-operating
  • Low Frequency: 5-20 Hz, 0.195 inches (double amplitude)
  • High Frequency: 20-500 Hz, 4.0G (0 to peak)
Warranty
  • WD Caviar SE16 hard drives carry a Standard Warranty Period of three (3) years.
Warranty
  • WD Caviar SE16 hard drives carry a Standard Warranty Period of three (3) years.



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation & Specifications
  3. Test Setup & HDTach Results
  4. Benchmark: Sisoft Sandra, Windows Boot Time
  5. Conclusion
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