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Western Digital Caviar GP WD10EACS Review

We have in our market several portable, energy efficient and fast performing external hard drives, especially from Western Digital in various sizes, but for people who want more space inside their Desktop or even Laptops Western Digital Caviar GP is an obvious choice. This internal hard drive fancies a 1TB storage space. Since when did terabyte internal hard drives begin to surface? This drive may be closely similar to Hitachi Deskstar 1TB. Advanced Serial ATA technology employed in the Western Digital Caviar GP enhances its performance making it a clear upgrade choice for consumers. Western Digital always provides an adequate solution to all hard drive upgrade issues but not always the perfect drives.

Western Digital Caviar GP WD10EACS

Specifications

Features Description
1. Device Type   Hard drive- Internal
2. Dimensions   4 in* 5.8 in* 1 in
3. Weight   1.6 lbs
4. Hard drive form factor  3.5” * 1/3 H
5. Capacity   1 TB
6. Interface Type   Serial ATA-300
7. Buffer Size   16 MB
8. Features   StableTrac, IntelliPark, IntelliPower (5400-7200),
  IntelliSeek, Preemptive Wear Leveling (PWL)
9. Compliant Standards   S.M.A.R.T.
10. Drive Transfer Rate   300 MBps
11. Seek time   8.9ms (average)
12. Average Latency   5.6 ms
13. Spindle Speed   7200 rpm
14. Storage Hard drive/ Non-Recoverable Errors   1 per 10^15
15. Start/Stop cycles   300,000
16. Interfaces 1 *   Serial ATA-300- 7 pin Serial ATA
17. Shock Tolerance   65 g @ 2ms half-sine pulse (operating) / 250 g @ 2ms half-sine pulse (non-operating)
18. Vibration tolerance   0.75 g @ 20-300 Hz (operating) / 4 g @ 20-500 Hz (non-operating)
19. Sound Emission   24 dBA

Features

For those who don’t like to carry around an external drive along here is Western Digital Caviar GP internal hard drive allowing you to expand your Desktop to 1TB. That’s some huge space isn’t it!
The Western Digital Caviar GP WD10EACS is a standard 3.5” 1TB hard drive just like every other drive but a little cheaper comparatively. Now you will have lots of space to store you data.
At present the Serial ATA that is SATA is gaining wide acceptance because of its blazing transfer speeds and energy conservation abilities. Western Digital Caviar internal hard drive connects to your PC through this Serial ATA-300 interface allowing the transfer speeds to soar to 300MBps. In this particular drive WD seems to have swapped raw drive speed for better energy conservation widely required by industries. WD Caviar has better energy saving capabilities but at the cost of drive speed of course.
The Disk has a whopping spindle speed o 7200 rpm combined with SATA provides blazing transfer rates. The seek time and drive latency is quite on par with other internal hard drives. The burst time is slightly higher than other drives, which is quite laudable. The very important feature in this internal hard drive is the energy savings ability that will outweigh its low speed and slightly high read write times.
The Western Digital Caviar internal hard drive packs some attractive features like S.M.A.R.T. that intelligently monitors change in data and reporting different indicators like reliability and more.

Cost

Western Digital Caviar GP WD10EACS internal hard drive costs about $210 USD.

Review

The WD Caviar internal hard drive packs a huge 1TB storage transferring at 300MBps with a Serial ATA-300 interface. The 16MB cache is credible along with good seek time and latency. The Energy savings feature is an important feature that overweighs its comparatively low speeds. On the whole it is an economical upgrade for your hard drive, which also provides reasonable transfer rates.

Seagate Expansion External 2TB 8.15” Review

If you have a strong penchant to collect and watch movies in HD, store your photos for long time, flood your hard drive with all kinds of music and software you will find the Seagate Expansion External Hard disk to be a great companion. With a humungous amount of space available you can store loads of data in your drive and most importantly at a very low cost. The word expansion suits well in the world where having an external hard drive has become mandatory for every person using a PC.

expansion external review

Specifications

Features   Description
1. Device type   Hard drive- External Hard Drive
2. Width   5 in
3. Depth   8.1 in
4. Height   1.6 in
5. Weight   2.2 lbs
6. Form Factor   3.5”
7. Capacity   2 TB
8. Interface Type   Hi-Speed USB 2.0
9. Interface Transfer Rate   480 Mbps
10. Expansion Interfaces   1 * Hi-Speed USB
11. Cables Included   1 * USB cable
12. Power source   Included AC adapter
13. OS Required   Microsoft Windows Vista/ XP, Apple MacOS X 10.4.8 or later
14. Warranty   2 Years Limited Warranty

Features

Seagate External Expansion Hard Drive 8.15” is a good, rather satisfying solution for the growing need for enormous storage space. With nearly 2 TB of space you can store all the data you have. To state a fact there is not a necessity to have 2 TB of storage space.
Seagate is one of the top external hard drive manufacturers. The drive provides a comprehensive solution to the need for compact storage device. Like the rest of the external hard drives the 2 TB Expansion External is aesthetically pleasing and compact although it weighs over 1.5 kg.
Expansion External 8.15” has a standard 5400 rpm rotation speed supported by Hi-Speed USB 2.0 for transfer of data. You will find that the transfer speed is not all that fast but it provides above-average transfer speeds. With the market beginning to welcome External Hard drives with three and four interfaces, this particular hard drive may be a let down. It only has one standard traditional USB 2.0, which is not one among the fastest interfaces. But still its satisfactory for home and small office uses.
Seagate Expansion External Hard Drive 8.15” is very well suited for automatic backup features providing support for Apple’s Time Machine also which is an advantage for Apple Users.
You also have USB 2.0 cable included along with a good manufacturer’s warranty of 2 years.

Cost

The Seagate Expansion External Hard Drive 2 TB 8.5” is available for a low cost of nearly $109.99 USD.

Review

Seagate Expansion External Hard drive is a black aesthetically sufficient providing a decent performance. If you are expecting blazing transfer speed this may not be your drive you may as well go for quad interface devices. With its USB 2.0 it provides average transfer speeds.
The hard drive is pretty voluminous with its 2 TB space and is also very economical in price. The device as such is a little bulky considering the amount of space it packs. While some may say 2 TB is too much space for a common man.
Compared to all the triple and quad interface devices the USB 2.0 interface hard drive may seem like a let down. Compatibility with eSATA or FireWire could have been provided.

The drive seems to have certain hard drive issues like some crackling sound during operation. It’s a bad news for Apple users that you will have to format your drive to be compatible with Mac OS X. On the whole it is voluminous but could have been much better with great performance and features.

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 750 GB Review

The new revolution of internal hard drives has kicked off with hard drive manufacturing big guns like Western Digital, Seagate, LaCie and more are trying to edge their way up to the top of the market. Its not just the volume of space these drives provide, it is also the power consumption that plays a very important role in rating an internal hard drive. Manufacturers are including power ratings in their data sheets trying to get an edge over the others. Seagate Barracuda is one such excellent effort by Seagate trying to strike a perfect balance between capacity, performance and importantly reliability.

Seagate Barracuda 750 GB Review

Specifications:-

Features Description

1. Device Type   Hard drive- Internal
2. Dimensions  4 in* 5.8 in* 1 in
3. Weight  1.4 lbs
4. Hard drive form factor  3.5” * 1/3 H
5. Capacity  750GB
6. Interface Type  Serial ATA-300
7. Buffer Size  32 MB
8. Features  Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR),
  Native Command Queuing (NCQ),
  Clean Sweep,
  Adaptive Fly Height,
  Enhanced G-Force Protection,
  Seagate SoftSonic
9. Access Time  16.6 ms
10. Drive Transfer Rate  300 MBps
11. Internal Data Rate  125 MBps
12. Average Latency  4.17 ms
13. Spindle Speed  7200 rpm
14. Storage Hard drive/ Non-Recoverable Errors  1 per 10^14
15. Start/Stop cycles  50,000
16. Interfaces  1 * Serial ATA-300- 7 pin Serial ATA
17. Shock Tolerance  70 g @ 2ms (operating) / 300 g @ 1ms (non-operating)
18. Microsoft Certifications  Compatible with Windows 7
19. Service and warranty  3 years limited

Features:-

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 is an energy efficient standard 3.5” internal hard drive with unparalleled performance and throughputs. The hard drive is available in capacities not more than 1TB. Seagate is trying to provide a perfectly amalgamated mixture of performance, capacity and power consumption rather that providing humungous storage.

Seagate Barracuda internal hard drive spins at 7200 rpm ensuring great transfer speeds. The advanced Serial ATA-300 interface is used to connect the drive to the PC. Serial ATA as we know it as SATA provides transfer rates up to 300MBps, with a whopping internal transfer rate of 125MBps.

The 750GB ‘cuda’ is provided with 32MB, which is larger than several similarly priced internal hard drives. Coming to the need of the hour feature, power consumption. Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 eats only 5W when its idle and takes up 9.4W when its in operation. These stats attract industries that are focusing on saving energy.

The ‘Cuda’ employs cutting edge technologies to provide excellent high-speed performance and better data transfer rates. The 7200-rpm, Serial ATA-300 interfaced internal hard drive offers 126-132 MB/s throughputs. The latency and read write speeds are on par with other drives. Although this is not suitable for server loads, it functions well for desktop applications.

Cost:-
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 750GB internal hard drive costs about $137 USD.

iTechFreak Review:-
The Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 750GB internal hard drive is a power efficient, reliable high throughput drive, which is a perfect choice for an economical upgrade for you Desktop.
The Seagate Barracuda employs 7200 rpm spindle speed with huge 32 MB buffer size and SATA interfacing to provide high speed data rates. The drive operates very quiet. Overall it is an excellent internal drive and most recommended for upgrade.

My Passport Essential Portable External 500GB 2.5″ Hard Drive Review

Western Digital My Passport External Hard drive is as the name suggests a fancy, slim and compact half a terabyte external hard drive. This attractive passport sized hard drive is not just an external drive, but also a fully featured Backup solution for all you data, videos, music and more. With your beautiful compact hard drive you also get comprehensive backup software. Finally Western Digital have put an end to the need for third party software to backup your data.

Review of my passport essential portable external 500 2.5

Specifications

Features Description
1. Device Type Hard Drive- External
2. Width 4.3 in
3. Depth 3.3 in
4. Height 0.6 in
5. Weight 7.1 oz
6. Enclosure color Black
7. Capacity 500 GB
8. Interface Type Hi-Speed USB
9. Features Password Authentication
10. Interface Transfer Rate        480 Mbps
11. Interfaces 1 * Hi-Speed USB 2.0
12. Cables Included 1 * USB cable- External
13. Microsoft Certifications Compatible with Windows 7
14. Power Source USB bus
15. Software Included Smartware
16. OS Required Apple Mac OS X 10.4, Microsoft Windows Vista/XP/7, Apple Mac OS X 10.6 or 10.5
17. Warranty 2 Years

Features

The all-new My Passport Essential External 500 GB external hard drive is merely 1.5 cm thick with a black durable enclosure. On the outside looks very amusing, not just on the outside it is also highly performing on the inside.

This 500Gb external hard drive connects to your computer with your Hi-Speed USB 2.0. This drive is so compact that it occupies much less space that most hard drives in the market. This drive can be stated as all in one backup solution. This will eliminate the much laborious work of buying a hard drive and installing third party software to create a backup image. All you need to do is plug in your external hard drive and run the software provided. Setting up is as simple as plug and play allowing you to start transferring immediately.

One disappointing feature in this otherwise perfect hard drive is that it has only one interface and that too it is the slow USB 2.0. USB 2.0 provides average transfer rates and the hard disk would be complete with support for eSATA provided. The mini-USB port delivers data and also power to the device making it very compact and good for carrying along with you.

When you plug in your external hard drive for the first time you will find two partitions- one is the empty storage space and the next is the Smartware software.

This complete and user-friendly Swartware software has a range of tools provided in a very lucid manner. This software provides an automatic backup solution that is flawless. After you have backed up your data the first time, Smartware will schedule backup and constantly altering the backup according to the changes made in your drive.

Certain features provided by the Smartware are SMART(Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology), Encryption, Password authentication and more.

You can encrypt your drive or also password protect it to avoid illegal use or loss of your data. Smartware provides a powerful 256-bit encryption algorithm that protects your data. Your backups are stored as images on your drive that does not allow you to view your backed up data.

Cost

My Passport External Hard drive 500 GB is available for $120 USD.

Review

Western Digital My Passport External hard drive is your solution for an automatic backup hard drive. It is compact and sleek and occupies very less space that is definitely an advantage. Although it could have been provided with faster interfaces, the USB 2.0 provides average performances.

The Smartware software is the most credible feature in this external hard drive that has a lot of native features. The Backup is stored as images that cannot be viewed which could be a possible let down for certain people, but in case of a device crash the image can be restored only with Smartware.

Finally I would say My Passport Essential is very portable and well suited for people who are on the move and comes with a reasonable price tag.