The results of our today’s test session are quite logical and predictable, I should say. The fastest and the winner of this race is the new Seagate Momentus 7200.1 (ST910021A). It boasted an indisputable advantage over the hard drives with 5,400rpm spindle rotation speed, so no wonder it won.
At the same time it easily defeated the only opponent it has so far - the Hitachi Travelstar 7K60 (HTS726060M9AT00) with 7,200rpm spindle rotation speed – due to the higher per-platter data density.
So we have every right to recommend Seagate Momentus 7200.1 (ST910021A) to all users who are looking for maximum performance and maximum storage capacity.
The second Seagate solution we introduced to you today, Seagate Momentus 5400.2 120GB (ST9120821A), also looked very attractive in our test session. In most practical benchmarks it outperformed the opponents with the same spindle rotation speed and in some cases turned out faster than even Hitachi Travelstar 7K60 (HTS726060M9AT00)! Of course, we cannot really compare these two drives directly against one another, because the storage capacity of the Seagate drive is 120GB and not 100GB, as by most of its opponents, not to mention the HDDs with even lower storage capacity. Higher data density per platter gives it some advantage, but even keeping that in mind the results are quite remarkable. Once again I would like to stress that Seagate Momentus 5400.2 120GB (ST9120821A) will be of interest to those users who care more about the storage capacity of the hard drive, and in this case they will get not only that but also high performance.
Now I have to say a few words about the other three testing participants that we tested for the first time today. I believe that the preferred one of the three would be the Fujitsu MHV2100AH. Toshiba MK1032GSX looks pretty good as well, especially since it was the only drive in this batch that featured a 16MB buffer and supported SATA interface. I assume that the larger buffer did cast certain influence over the HDD’s performance. Hitachi Travelstar 5K100 100GB (HTS541010G9AT00) turned out somewhat slower then the others.
Well, there are more solutions to choose from when it comes to getting a new 2.5” hard disk drive, and it is definitely a good sign, because competition leads to better product quality. It is an especially pleasing observation for the 7,200rpm HDDs segment, where there is not that much of a choice yet.
We are going to continue testing new solutions coming out in compact HDDs market, especially since there is a very exciting product, Seagate Momentus 5400.3 with the record breaking storage capacity of 160GB coming out soon.