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 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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by David Rasnake

Samsung SpinPoint EcoGreen F3 Review (HD203WI)

Samsung’s 2TB SpinPoint F3 EcoGreen (officially, the Samsung HD203WI) first made its way to retailers’ inventories earlier this year, and has quietly been gaining ground in the eco-aware desktop drive market since that time. Breaking with manufacturers’ standard operating procedures for launching a high-capacity/low-power drive, you won’t find much marketing hoopla about the F3EG--even a press release and basic product overview proved a bit hard to track down. If the newest enviro-friendly SpinPoint lacks the luxury of rival Western Digital’s “green” branding juggernaut, however, that doesn’t mean that the F3EG is any less qualified as a green option.

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by David Rasnake

Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB Review (WD20EARS)

If you are the kind of user who wants it all – performance, low power consumption, and copious storage capacity – in a single desktop drive, pay attention. Whether you're shopping for storage to fill up a home media server or you're just looking to max out the capacity of your current desktop, the latest high-capacity, low-power drives - like the 2TB Western Digital Caviar Green up for review today - make a lot of sense for the kinds of computing most of us do.

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by Brian Beeler

Seagate Momentus XT Review

Hard drive manufacturers have seen the writing on the wall; embrace flash storage or suffer the consequences. Seagate is one of the few remaining hard drive manufacturers who haven’t released a line of consumer SSDs. Today though, they have come out with a cross between flash and magnetic storage known as a solid state hybrid drive (SSHD). The hybrid hard drive concept takes a standard spindle hard drive and adds flash and pattern recognizing software to boost drive performance with repetitive tasks. But will 4GB of flash memory sitting on top of a 7200RPM drive offer a big performance gain? Read the full Seagate Momentus XT review to find out. 

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by Charles Jefferies

Western Digital Scorpio Blue Review (750GB WD7500BPVT)

Western Digital's Scorpio Blue 750GB notebook hard drive is unique in that it jams 750GB into a standard size notebook drive, leveraging two 375GB platters to get the job done. For notebook users craving more storage space, this latest version of the popular Scorpio Blue line offers 110GB more storage space than the next largest drive from any other manufacturer. But the extra space doesn't mean much if the hard drive can't perform - read on to see how the WD7500BPVT stacks up.

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by Brian Beeler

Western Digital VelociRaptors in RAID - SSD Alternative?

Last week Western Digital released the new 600GB VelociRaptor, which just like its predecessor, took the spot of fastest consumer hard disk drive. With the single hard drive not being able to keep up with average SSDs, we decided to take a look at multidrive performance. In this review we see how well the Western Digital VelociRaptor 600GB performs in RAID 0 and RAID 1 configurations using the 6Gb/s LSI MegaRAID 9260-8i controller card. The results are impressive.

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by Brian Beeler

Western Digital VelociRaptor Review (600GB WD6000HLHX)

 Western Digital has released their 5th generation VelociRaptor, doubling the capacity of the previous 300GB model. The latest models come in 450GB (WD4500HLHX) and 600GB (WD6000HLHX) capacities as 2.5" hard drives with an IcePack, allowing them to fit in a 3.5" drive bay. Beyond increasing capacity, the new VelociRaptors promise a performance boost of 15% over the previous generation and draw less power than their 3.5" counterparts. Read the full review to see whether the drives should find a home in your performance rig or server.

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