Of course, people purchase refurbished HDDs because of the lower cost. Surprisingly, none of my replacement HDDs have yet to fail me insofar.
I use Acronis
for my system backup, disk clone and format; Once installed, Acronis does not require floppy or CD to get into DOS mode by simply using F11 during boot up.Barracuda 7200.9 500GB Specs
Test Setup, Methodology & Results:
Install Windows XP & SP2 in Raid-0
Windows XP Test Setup
|Case and Cooling ||Sonata II:|
- 120 mm exhaust
|CPU ||AMD Opteron 165 @2.82 Ghz, 1.40vcore|
|Motherboard ||DFI LanParty UT Ultra D (2x40mm fan added over PWM)|
|Memory ||GSKill PC4400 4x512Mb|
|Other ||DVD R/W7900GSWD 250GB SATA HDDAMD Stock Heatsink FanXP Pro SP2 + latest updates|
Disk Clone Wester Digital 250Gb to Seagate single 500GB
Compare 160, 250 and 500 GB using Sandra & HD-Tach read/write
Reading HDD temps from Speedfan
Although I don't favor Raid 0, I installed Windows XP in 14 minutes and SP2 update from CD in 5. Fast!
Average Read 102.1MB/s; burst 267.5MB/s; Random Access 13.8 m/s
Sandra-97 MB/s and 7 m/s
Time to get back "on earth" after the high flying. I cloned my existing WD250 to the Seagate and ran a few comparisons.
While the Seagate has high burst rate, WD250 average read comes out ahead.