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Old July 23, 2009, 01:19 PM
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I have both the 640GB and 1TB version of the Caviar Black. The WD6401AALS is the fastest 7200rpm drive by all metrics.

However, don't be so obsessed with transfer speeds. You have to remember that the VelociRaptor still has a massive advantage in access times. That's the main reason why I still keep mine.






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Old July 23, 2009, 01:51 PM
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This is true Oversized Rooster. BUT if you short stroke the 640GB down to 300GB the random access time dif become a LOT smaller. AND a short stroked 640 costs a heck of a lot less for similar performance levels. ;)
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This is true Oversized Rooster. BUT if you short stroke the 640GB down to 300GB the random access time dif become a LOT smaller. AND a short stroked 640 costs a heck of a lot less for similar performance levels. ;)
Agreed, but I thought people only managed to short-stroke the Barracuda 7200.12 drives?
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To "short stroke" a modern drive all you have to do is only format X amount of the drive. It will start from the from the fastest part and work its way to the slowest formatting as it goes till it gets the size specified. No need to physically short stroke nowadays. ;)
Though to be honest its only worst case scenarios that it helps. Densities are so frickin' high, and defragers so good at keeping everything nice and non fragmented it doesn't matter too to much. BUT in synth tests the difs will be huge :)
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