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WD800 Hard Drive Info?

January 1, 2005 at 14:00:48
Specs: Windows 98SE, Pentium III / 256MB

Hi all can someone tell me more about the Western Digital WD800, 2MB, 7'200rpm, and at 80GB.

Does anyone know where I can get some reviews about this hardrive? Can someone tell me how good this hardrive performs?

I currently have this hard drive:

http://www.hd4less.com/fuj84uathard2.html

Fujitsu 8.4GB UATA/66 Hardrive (MPE3084AE) REFURB

Formatted Capacity: 8.4GB
Interface: 40-pin ATA-4
Data Transfer Rates: 66.6MB/s (UDMA)
Average Seek Times: 9.5ms
Buffer Size: 512KB
Rotational Speed: 5400rpm
Height (inch/mm): LP (1.0/25.4)
Condition: Refurbished

Will my computer performance be improved with the new WD HD?

I am no computer expert so I need help :-S


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#1
January 1, 2005 at 14:10:54

If you are considering installing an 80GB harddrive into the listed system you may want to verify that the BIOS will support a drive of that capacity. kAs far as getting into the merits of one drive over another I suggest you not worry about that. Durability is a more important issue. That said, a hardrive with a larger cache will out perform a similar HD with a smaller cache. Western Digital widely distributes drives with 8MB cache. This is more desireable than 2MB. Hard drive seek times and transfer rates are only one factor in system performance. You have a somewhat dated system of second tier manufacture to start. The drive performance will not most likely have any major impact on total system performance. The reason to install a new drive is if you need the additional storage space.

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#2
January 1, 2005 at 15:43:38

I'm using a WD800 drive. It has been working OK for several months though I haven't done any tests on it. It uses UDMA5 as a top speed but can run at lower speeds. It comes with a bunch of software though if you get the drive in a white box you can download all the software from WD. One of the good pieces of software is one which will format your drive and copy all the files from the old one, thus saving you the trouble of reinstalling Windows and all your other stuff. The mobo here is an Asus P4P800S which supports large drives, though any recent mobo should do this. CPU is a P4 2.1GHz. My WD800 is partitioned into six drives but this is my personal preference and shouldn't be taken as a guide.

Bryan


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#3
January 1, 2005 at 16:28:13

The general thought with all computer hardware ratings is that higher is better.

To some extent that is true, but is a an 8X video card all that much better than one running at 4X? Is a 256mb card much better than a 128mb card? Is 1GB system RAM much better than 512mb? Is dual channel mode better than single channel? Is an 8mb HDD buffer (cache) all that much better than 2mb?

http://www.pcguide.com/ref/hdd/perf/perf/spec/otherCache-c.html

Asus A7N8X-X
1800+ @8x210mhz
512mb PC3200
Ti4200/8X 128mb
WDC 60GB


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#4
January 2, 2005 at 02:08:27

Pilot, what is the name of the software you mentioned? The one that allows you to copy all the files from the old drive?

My father and I are about to try this very exercise on his computer upgrading to the Western Digital 80 GB with 8 MB Buffer (2.4GHz, 512 MB RAM, Win XP).

To be able to find this software would be extremely appreciated.


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#5
January 2, 2005 at 08:42:09

I believe the software is called Data Lifguard. It only works with Western Digital drives. If you intend to use this software, DO NOT do anything to this disk prior to using the software. Simply install the harddrive and run the utility. No prior partitioning or formatting. If you need to clone the old drive to one of several partitions on the new drive then you need to use a different utility. The WD utility will only clone to an entire drive, not a partition. Ghost will clone the old drive to a partition on the new drive. However, Ghost is not free.

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#6
January 2, 2005 at 14:32:33

Install your WD800 alonside your regular HDD. Download Data Lifeguard from WD. Just install and run it. The menu screen will give you several options. You may create one or more partitions and Data Lifeguard will format those partitions. Another selection is Drive-to-Drive Copy. Use this to copy the files across - make sure that the new partition is at least as big as the old one. Remember that adding the second drive will cause it to be the D: drive. Note this if you have more than one partition as every partition on the old HDD will move down one letter. You can ignore the partition stuff if you only have a C: drive and wish to maintain this.

If your BIOS doesn't support large drives, Data Lifeguard will automatically install a disk manager on the WD800 to get around this problem. If at some later date you get a mobo that supports large drives, or update your BIOS (if possible), WD has another piece of software which will remove the disk manager.

Bryan


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