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Seagate Momentus 5400.5: ST9320320AS

 

The last new drive comes from Seagate. Like the other makers, Seagate offers a wide variety of models: with higher spindle rotation speed (7200.3) and hardware encryption (5400 FDE.3 and 7200 FDE). We are going to deal with a model from the basic series (5400.5) which has a standard 8MB cache buffer.

The other drives in this test session were already covered in our reviews. These are the first 320GB drives we laid our hands on, Toshiba MKxx52GSX and Western Digital Scorpio Blue, as well as the Samsung SpinPoint M6S that came to us later.

The drives to be tested share the same specifications, except for the model from Western Digital which has twice more cache memory than the others. The next table shows the firmware versions of the drives:

Testbed and Methods

The following testing utilities were used:

  • IOMeter 2003.02.15
  • IOMark 0.30b14
  • FC-Test 1.0
  • PCMark 2004
  • PCMark 2005
  • PCMark Vantage

Testbed configuration:

  • ASUS P5WDG2 WS Pro mainboard
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E2160 processor
  • IBM DTLA-307015 system disk, 15GB
  • Radeon X600 graphics card
  • 1GB DDR2-800 SDRAM
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2

We installed the generic OS drivers for the drives and formatted them in FAT32 and NTFS as one partition with the default cluster size. For some tests 32GB partitions were created on the drives and formatted in FAT32 and NTFS with the default cluster size, too. The drives were connected to a Promise SATA300 TX4302 controller installed into a PCI-X slot and switched from the quiet mode (with Advanced Acoustic Management enabled) into the ordinary operating mode where necessary.

 
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