Anyone here have the Western Digital HD with the 8 meg buffer?

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  1. AaronMg

    AaronMg Stunt Coordinator

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    Im looking to pick up one of these, but before I go out any buy one, I would like to know if any of you own one of these. If so, how do you like it? Was it worth the extra money?

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  2. DaveGTP

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    I don't have one, but from the performance #s that I've seen on them, they are definitely worth the extra few bucks compared to the non-special edition ones. I know that the 8 MB cache makes a MUCH bigger difference than ATA/133 (I think only Maxtor is making ATA133 drives).
     
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    All the reviews I have seen were very positive. Also, I believe the warranty for WD drives are now longer than Maxtor. I would double check that...
     
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    I do own one and can say that it has made a difference when accessing my MP3's and Divx movies but for normal every day use I dont see a huge difference. As far as the warranty being better for Western Digital drives then Maxtor this is Only true for the new 8mb drives. All Western Digital, Maxtor, & Seagate drives manufactured after Oct 1st 2002 only come with a standard 1 year warranty. Western Digital is However giving a 3 year warranty on the 8mb pro drives (Which are the exceptions).

    So long story short I would recommend that for the sligt increase in price the 8mb drives are worth it. Especially when you consider the point that they come with a 3 year warranty as well.

    KyleS
     
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    Most definetly.
    I was a bit worried about trying a different company other than my trusted Maxtor, but this drive is well worth it. I went from 10GB 256KB Cache Drive, to a 100 GB 8MB cache, so it might be a different speed notice in my case [​IMG]. If it whern't for the PC Fan in the back, my computer would be as quiet as a mouse.
    Now, if only they could make a silent running fan, I'd be happy [​IMG].
     
  6. KyleS

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    Neil they do make stealth Case fans that are extremely quiet. Or you could just buy an all Aluminum Coolermaster or Lian-Li Case with a Vantec Aluminum Stealth Power supply. Man you are making me drool just thinkin about it. [​IMG]
    Oh I forgot but Maxtor is the only HD manufacture right now that is supporting the ATA133 drives. The new Maxtor Monster drives also come with the 8mb of cache but I have not see any of the tests on them.
    KyleS
     
  7. AaronMg

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    Thanks for the reply's. I dont know about the states, but up here in Canada these things are rare. Its going to take more than 2 weeks for it to arrive.
     
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    I've got two WD 8mb cache drivers (a 120 gigger and an 80 gigger). They work well so far, and are only $20 CDN more than the 2mb ones. They are very easy to get in Calgary.
     

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