Disk Drive recommendations
Can it be that another quarter has passed. Here again are the recommendations for the best hard drives to buy. It basically is that you should get the WD740GD for system drive, the Hitachi Deskstar 7K250 ATA-100 for your data drive. If you are on a budget, then get the WD2000JB or the WD1200JB if you want an ultra cheap machine.
* "Western Digital Raptor WD740GD":http://www.storagereview.com/articles/200401/20040126WD740GD_1.html. This is the fastest biggest drive you can buy for your system disk where you need the incredible performance of a 10,000 RPM drive with 4.5ms seek time. It's the fastest single user drive you can buy. Regardless of whether it is SCSI or 15,000 RPM even. And of course its expensive at "$229":http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/masterid=1733497/ut=1813184029de13f6 as of today or $3/GB. Get one if you want the most performance and pair it with a really big drive for your data.
* "Hitachi Deskstar 7K250":http://www.storagereview.com/articles/200310/20031007HDS722525VLSA80_1.html. This was the fastest drive of 2003. But, compared with the WD2000JB below, its not clear the price/performance is that great. As of today, it costs "$252":http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/masterid=1519733/ut=1813184029de13f6 or about $1/GB. The Serial ATA version is a little less at "$207":http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/masterid=1146400/ut=1813184029de13f6 or $0.80/GB and basically no difference in performance at all.
* "Western Digital Caviar WD2000JB":http://www.storagereview.com/articles/200210/20021018WD2000xB_2.html. If you want a big drive for less money, then the 200GB ATA-100 drivers are the place to go. As the best drive of 2002, the performance compared with the SATA 250GB drive is actually better for Office and Gaming benchmarks, so you don't give up much compared with the Hitachi. It's a good tradeoff at just "$142":http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/masterid=607706/ut=1813184029de13f6 or $0.71/GB. One big change though is that these drives now only have a 1-year warranty, so that's a real cost difference.
* "Western Digital Caviar WD1200JB":http://www.storagereview.com/articles/200201/20020124WD1200JB_1.html. The stars of the ball in 2001, these are great budget drives. Great performance and just "$92":http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/masterid=541564/blsrt=1/ut=1813184029de13f6 or $0.69/GB. Get for your budget system.
| Benchmark | Unit of Measure | WD740GB | Hitachi 7K250 SATA | WD2500JD SATA | WD2000JB PATA |
| Average Read Service | ms (lower better) | 7.8 | 12.1 | 14.1 | 14.8 | 13.5 |
| Transfer Rate Beginning | MB/s (higher better) | 71.8 | 60.4 | 57.9 | 56.5 | 48.8 |
| SR Office DriveMark 2002 | IO/s (higher better) | 606 | 459 | 417 | 431 | 413 |
| SR Gaming DriveMark 2002 | IO/s (higher better) | 749 | 588 | 541 | 546 | 505 |
| SR File Server DriveMark 2002 | IO/s (higher better) | 213 | 127 | 124 | 130 | 126 |
| Idle Noise (in dB/A @ 18mm) | 42.3 | 41.5 | 46.1 | 46.7 | 47.1 |