Consumer HDD Reviews
Consumer hard drive reviews include 2.5" HDDs with 5mm, 7mm or 9.5mm z-heights and 3.5" form factor hard drives. The consumer hard drive review category also includes solid state hybrid drive (SSHD) reviews which focus on hard drives united with flash storage for caching and better overall performance.
by Charles Jefferies

Samsung Spinpoint MP4 Review (HM640JJ)

Samsung’s storage division has quietly introduced a new high-performance 2.5” notebook hard drive with an impressive 640GB capacity: the HM640JJ. This two-platter drive runs at 7200RPM with a 16MB cache, SATA II interface, and a three-year limited warranty. We take a look to see how it compares to other high-performance notebook hard drives.

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by Brian Beeler

Seagate 3TB Barracuda XT Review (ST33000651AS)

Seagate recently started shipping their 3TB Barracuda XT, which with the Hitachi 7K3000, make up the first wave of performance oriented 3TB hard drives. The implications of 3TB capacities are big, consumers now have 50% more capacity to work with on a single drive, purportedly without giving up performance. Up to this month, the only other 3TB option was Western Digital's Caviar Green, but it's not designed to hum along at the same pace. The 3TB Barracuda XT has a lot going for it - a 7,200 RPM spin speed, 64MB cache and updated SATA 6Gb/s interface combine to deliver sustained transfer rates of 149 MB/s. Seagate is also making the 2.2TB barrier less of an issue by including a software package to make the drive compatible with legacy operating systems. 

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by Dustin Sklavos

Samsung Spinpoint F4EG Review (HD204UI)

Samsung is a brand that might not immediately come to mind for most users when they think of hard drives, but those in the know have likely been using them for a while. In this review, we're looking at Samsung's updated green hard drive, the Spinpoint F4EG (EG for EcoGreen). Building on the success of the F3EG, Samsung historically has a good history of producing a quality hard drive with a very competitive price. 

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by Brian Beeler

Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB Review (ST2000DL003)

Right before the end of the year, Seagate launched an update to their eco-friendly line of hard drives. Formally known as Barracuda LP (Low Power), Seagate has changed to a more mainstream Barracuda Green branding. The Barracuda Green isn't just about a marketing message though, the 3.5" hard drives feature capacities up to 2TB, SATA 6Gb/s interface, 64MB cache and 5,900 RPM spin speed. This combination of specs leads Seagate to claim the Barracuda Green to be the best performing green drives on the market. 

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by Dustin Sklavos

Seagate Momentus 750GB Review (ST9750420AS)

With all the talk about SSDs around here it can be easy to forget that notebook users have another, oftentimes preferable option: good old-fashioned mechanical hard disk storage. Solid state technology has been improving at a rapid clip, but mechanical drives aren't stagnating either. Platter density continues to improve, and with it comes faster sequential speeds and higher overall drive capacities. Enter the 9.5mm 750GB Seagate Momentus, a 7200RPM Advanced Format drive with onboard alignment. 

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by Brian Beeler

Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB Review (WD30EZRSDTL)

Western Digital has both announced and started shipping their 5th generation Caviar Green hard drive. Of course the major highlight this time around is the monster 3TB capacity, a first for internal 3.5" hard drives. WD accomplishes this feat by leveraging Advanced Format and four 750GB platters. In addition to the 3TB model (WD30EZRSDTL) there's also a 2.5TB (WD25EZRSDTL) capacity available. Other drive highlights include a 64MB buffer, 3Gb/s SATA interface and quoted standby power consumption of only 1W. While the high capacity is surely a blessing to many users, there are certain risks WD is taking by going to market right now. We'll dive into these potential compatibility issues and take a look a performance numbers in this review.

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by Dustin Sklavos

Hitachi TravelStar Z5K320 Review

Mechanical hard drives may not be big performance breadwinners anymore, but in notebooks they're still the order of the day. Unless you're buying a big 17” mobile workstation or desktop replacement, your notebook is liable to be stuck with a single drive bay. So you're left with a choice: cheap and effective, or high performance and high price. Today we consider former, with the mainstream ultra-slim Hitachi TravelStar Z5K320 (HTS543232A7A384).

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by Dustin Sklavos

Samsung Spinpoint F4 Review (HD322GJ)

The Spinpoint F4 features a single 320GB capacity model, but that's 320GB on a single drive platter. That platter spins at 7200 RPM and feeds 16MB of drive cache. By using a single platter and a single drive head, the SpinPoint F4 benefits from both a greater platter density and a reduced number of moving parts. That means a reduced risk of drive failure. While it's hard to define a category that the F4 fits neatly into, there is something to be said for a blend of low-cost and performance. 

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by David Rasnake

Seagate Barracuda LP 2TB Review

The 2TB Seagate Barracuda LP brings us to the end of our review series covering the latest high-capacity/low-power drives--a series that has also featured looks at the latest Western Digital Caviar Green and Samsung Spinpoint offerings competing in this space.

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by David Rasnake

Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB Review (WD5000BEKT)

Although more than two years have elapsed since its public unveiling, the 320GB Western Digital Scorpio Black continues to hold the distinction of the fastest platter-only notebook drive we’ve tested at StorageReview.com. Sure, some SSDs have turned in better numbers, and the hybrid SSD/HDD Seagate Momentus XT even succeeded in besting WD’s long-running benchmark champion. But among pure HDDs in 2.5-inch format, the Scorpio Black has, against all odds, continued to rule the roost for what can fairly be described as an eternity in the world of technology.

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