Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB
Author: Rutledge Feman
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 01-12-2008
Provided by: Geeks.com
Usage and Conclusions

This drive performed surprisingly well, definitely due to the large cache size. Though the random access time suffered in comparison to the other two drives, this was of course due to the large capacity and, in the case of the Raptor, slower rotation speed. I would definitely say that this is among the best performing drives of its capacity.

While using the drive, I had no troubles with power or data transfer hiccups, and the drive was inaudible even during virus scans or defragmentation. This is all not to mention that it had the best thermal performance of any hard drive I've ever owned, even when sandwiched in between two hotter disks.

At around $100 at online shops, the Western Digital WD5000AAKS Caviar SE16 500GB Hard Drive is about 20 cents a gig. Considering that 1TB drives generally run for 23-25 cents per gigabyte, purchasing two of these drives and putting them in a RAID0 array would not only be a cheaper method of having 1TB of storage space, but also a better performing storage system.

I'm happy to award the Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB hard drive with the OCIA.net Seal of Approval!

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