400GB Hard Disk Drives in RAID 0, RAID 5 and RAID 10 Arrays

Posted on Tuesday, Feb 27 2007 @ 10:12 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
X-bit Labs reviewed six 400GB hard drives in RAID 0, RAID 5 and RAID 10 arrays.
This list includes two “professional” drives from Seagate and Western Digital (ST3400832NS and WD4000YR) and four ordinary “desktop” drives. To build the arrays I used four samples of the same HDD model, from the same batch and with the same firmware version.

I chose 400GB drives due to their best capacity/price ratio. If you don’t see your favorite HDD model among these, I can assure you that you’ll see it in one of our upcoming reviews. We are going to make such reviews on a regular basis.

But you may be wondering if this test is at all necessary? We have recently tested modern large-capacity HDDs on our site and know how things stand among them (for details see our article called 500GB HDD Shootout: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 and Others!). Is that not enough? It is not because I’ve got somewhat different models today and, furthermore, HDDs behave differently in a RAID array than on their own.

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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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