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 M8 Review

The 1TB Samsung Spinpoint M8 offers a mainstream 9.5mm drive height with two 500GB platters, bringing high capacity notebook storage to the masses. Previously if you wanted a 1TB internal hard drive, the only option was to buy a bulky notebook that supported the larger 12.5mm drive sizes. With the Spinpoint M8, just about any machine can now have a beefy storage system ready to warehouse digital assets.

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by Charles Jefferies

Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 Review (HTS545050A7E380)

With 7mm ultra-thin hard drives all the rage, Hitachi aims to blast one out of the park with its new 500GB single-platter Z5K500 – that’s right, 500GB on a single platter. Getting to this higher capacity in such a slim package has been a big deal for drive manufactures, since in the 7mm drive space you are limited to a single drive platter, instead of two in a 9.5mm drive or three in a 12.5mm drive. While capacity might be the biggest selling point of this drive, it is also important to see how well it does in the performance category, which we dive into in this review.

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by Charles Jefferies

Samsung Spinpoint MT2 1TB Review (HM100UI)

Up until now, if a drive had 1TB or more of capacity it was automatically assumed to be a desktop drive. Not anymore – the Samsung MT2 1TB is a 2.5-inch, 12.5mm height hard drive for use in external enclosures and notebook computers. Check out our review to see the upsides and downsides of this particular drive.

 

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by Charles Jefferies

Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 3TB Review (HDS723030ALA640)

3TB is the highest capacity you can get in a single hard drive – for now. We take a look at Hitachi’s flagship consumer drive, the Deskstar 7K3000. Key features include a 6.0Gbps SATA III interface, 64MB buffer, and a five-platter design (600GB each).

 

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by Charles Jefferies

Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB Review (WD10EALX)

2TB and larger drives may be all the rage these days, but that doesn’t mean 1TB drives should be ignored. Take a look at Western Digital’s latest Caviar Blue 1TB drive - it costs less than a 2TB drive and has more than enough storage for most folks. What’s not to like? Read our review.
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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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