Deskstar 7K1000.B: HDT721010SLA360, 1 TB
Deskstar 7K1000.C: HDS721010CLA332, 1 TB
Hitachi is represented by two products in this review: a relatively old 3-platter model from the 7K1000.B series and a 2-platter disk from the new 7K1000.C series. The photographs make it clear that the tin itself – the metallic casing – has not changed while the electronic parts differ. The 1000.B series used to look rather humble against its opponents with its 16 megabytes of cache memory (not only those opponents, but even its predecessor Hitachi 7K1000 has two times as much cache!), but the new series has a decent 32 megabytes. The new electronics is a promise of higher performance, too.
SpinPoint F1: HD103UJ, 1 TB
EcoGreen F2: HD103SI, 1 TB
SpinPoint F3: HD103SJ, 1 TB
There are three models from Samsung in this review because we could not help comparing the newer products with the SpinPoint F1 which once surprised us with its 333GB platters and excellent performance (for its time). The newer products are an EcoGreen F2, which is an update of the power-efficient 5400rpm series, and a SpinPoint F3, a representative of Samsung’s new 7200RPM series. By the way, like Hitachi’s HDDs, Samsung’s new-generation products have acquired new and, hopefully, faster electronics.