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Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB

May 14, 2006
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Memory 4GB DDR2-SDRAM (DDR2-800, 2GBx2)
Video Card(s) ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3650 with 512MB vRAM (pitiful card)
Storage 320GB SATA Hard Disk Drive [7200 rpm]
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Software Windows 7
Alright, I'm looking into buying this HD, but a lot of people are saying that for some reason it was hard to install w/fresh OS. Does anybody own one of these who can help me avoid this problem?


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have one of those to! using it as storage so cant help u with the install OS part.



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Mar 4, 2006
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Processor Intel i5 3570k @ 4.6GHz 1.2v
Motherboard Asrock Z77 Extreme6
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Memory 2x4GB G.Skill Ripjaws @ 2133MHz 10-10-10-25 1N (T)
Video Card(s) HD7950 Vapor-X @ 1.25GHz 1.05v, 6GHz 1.5v
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Power Supply Corsair HX850w modular
Software Windows 7 x64
The WD Caviar SE 250GB 16MB SATA II 7200rpm is agreat alternative, in fact, its probably the best SATA2 drive available and its cheap too.


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May 15, 2006
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Video Card(s) BFG GeForce 7900 GTX OC 512mb GDDR3 ram (o/c manually to 686 core/865 memory) - PhaseChange cooled
Storage Dual "Raptor X" 16mb 10krpm/RAID 0 Promise EX8350 x4 PCIe 128mb & Intel IO chip/CENATEK RocketDrive
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These new SATA II/perpendicular disks rock on reads... test was done here:

See subject-line/title first...

(& then, this comparison in the URL below that I did here vs. one of these types of disks)



A.) Dual WD "Raptor X's" in RAID 0 driven via a Promise SuperTrak EX8350 128mb Caching Controller w/ Intel I/O CPU onboard (this one "surprised me" a bit, it beat its 150gb/sec SATA I transferral bus ceiling, but it's probably bursting out of its cache & Hdd 16mbx2 buffers in RAID 0)


B.) Also vs. a CENATEK Solid-State Ramdisk drive (PCI 2.2/PC-133 SDRAM constrained though, vs. the newer bus-types used in SATA I (in the Raptors) & SATA II (this perpendicular technology disk))!

(Results on a disk using this technology were ASTOUNDING in read-speed... especially what I put them up against, very different "high-end" technologies vs. it)


P.S.=> In "burst-read" scenarios, imo @ least, these new SATA II/perpendicular technology disks are incredible...

However, vs. the competition I put them up against, this new perpendicular recording disk used more CPU (understandable, the disks I used have onboard io-controllers to lessen this) & in access/seek time, they were slower than both of what I put up against them... apk
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