I must admit that I started testing and usage of this drive with a healthy dose of skepticism. Current machines from major retail vendors such as Hewlett-Packard and Compaq feature the Bigfoot TX for storage. The top-of-the-line machines from each company consist of the lofty Pentium II 400 MHz processor on the 100 MHz BX bus- but the machines are dogs! I've routinely played around with display models in retail stores and was amazed how such a mighty processor-memory subsystem could be dragged down by a hard drive.
As we can see, the WinBench figures were not pretty. Under both Windows 95 and Windows NT, the Bigfoot recorded new lows in virtually all catagories. Though the drive keeps up fairly well with many current ATA offerings in transfer rate, the low seek time along with the rotational latency raise access time to a rather high 20 milliseconds, dragging overall performance down significantly. ThreadMark scores, however, were fairly respectable. In fact, let's take a moment to note this curiosity: The Bigfoot TX outscores the IBM Deskstar 8 in ThreadMark 2.0. This is simply not realistic; once again, I have to emphasize that through casual real-world use, performance of these two drives seems to correlate much more tightly with WinBench 98 than ThreadMark 2.0.
The Bigfoot is, however, every bit as cool as the Deskstar series. I wouldn't even call the drive hand-warm to the touch after extensive use. And though it isn't quite as silent as the IBM drives, it comes close. Definitely quiet, even for an ATA drive.
Plainly said, I can't recommend this drive. If the price/MB ratio were truly exceptional, the Bigfoot would perhaps work well as a large secondary backup or archive drive as a compliment to a faster 3.5" ATA disk. As it stands, though, the pricing for the Bigfoot TX is within spitting distance of equivalent capacity Maxtor DiamondMax 2880 drives. This is one of those rare cases where gain in performance percentage-wise is actually greater than the percentage-increase in cost. If you find an -exceptional- deal on this drive and have a free 5.25" bay, consider it for second-drive use. If not, though, you'd be best off with a traditional 3.5" drive of the same capacity for just a pittance more.