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 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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by Brian Beeler

Western Digital Caviar Black Review (2TB)

Western Digital's Caviar Black hard drive series has grown to be synonymous with performance and speed in the consumer desktop space. The newest and highest capacity Caviar Black is a 3.5” 2TB 7200RPM model with 500GB platters and other Western Digital goodies like dual processors, dual actuators and technologies to optimize the drive for power consumption, minimal vibration and less wear to the recording head. Do all these features make for the best consumer-class hard drive? Read the full review to find out.

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by Charles Jefferies

Hitachi Travelstar 7K500 Review (500GB)

The Hitachi Travelstar 7K500 is their fifth-generation 2.5" 7200RPM hard drive. Available in capacities ranging from 120-500GB, our review unit is the top-of-the-line 500GB version (HTS725050A9A364). The Travelstar 7K500 is widely regarded as the fastest notebook hard drive on the market; but our tests had something else to say.

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by Phil

Ultimate Notebook Hard Drive Performance: Western Digital Scorpio Black vs. Hitachi Travelstar 7K500

While SSDs are taking the spotlight when it comes to ultimate performance, many people still prefer the much lower cost per gigabyte of traditional hard drives. For whomever wants to pick up 320GB (or more) of storage for $100, SSDs simply aren’t an option. So if one wants to buy a traditional hard drive for a notebook, what hard drive delivers the best performance?

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