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I’ve been meaning to write a review on some hardware I’ve purchased lately and some stores that I’ve shopped at.  This marks the first of those such reviews.  This one focuses on the Seagate ST3320620AS 320GB hard drive.  Bottom line first, this is the best hard disk I’ve ever owned.

My computer purchases have been revolving around quiet and cool components.  The ST3320620AS fits the bill nicely.  It’s just a great drive.  The noise output is lower than almost any drive that I’ve owned.  It pairs superbly with my Antec P180 case.

I’ve run hdparm to benchmark it on both a intel ICH7 and Silicon Image 3132 chipsets.  The results were pretty much the same.  The drive will give 75MBP/s throughput on reads and writes.  That also makes it the fastest drive I own.   My next hardware purchase will most likely be 4 ST3320620NS drives for my server box.


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