THE WESTERN DIGITAL WD273BA 27.3
7,200 RPM, ATA/66 HARD DISK DRIVE
Last updated: 11/16/99
you are looking for a high-capacity, high-performance hard disk drive,
Western Digital's WD273BA 27.3 GByte drive is big, fast, quiet, and cool.
I recently installed WD273BA hard disk in
a computer with an AMD 650 Mhz Athlon processor, MSI MS-6167 motherboard,
and 128 MBytes of memory and this drive (and the motherboard) performs. Here
are the bench marks:
WINBENCH 99 (v. 1.1)
99/Business Disk WinMark 99 (Thousand Bytes/Sec)
99/High-End Disk WinMark 99 (Thousand Bytes/Sec)
HD TACH (v. 2.60)
|Random Access Time
|Read Burst Speed
|Read Speed - Max.
|Read Speed - Min.
|Read Speed - Avg.
The HD Tach Read Bust Speed is particularly
telling. At last, an ATA/66 drive (and motherboard) that nearly does
The above picture does not do the drive justice. Its
finely machined appearance stands-out when viewed along side some of the
5,400 RPM drives I have hanging around the shop.
In an open case the WD273BA is quite cool
to the touch. During normal operation it only draws about a 1/3 of
an Amp and dissipates about 10 Watts of heat. From it's low noise level,
one wouldn't guess that those platters inside are whirring around at 7,200
RPM. It generates about 38/45 dBA (idle/seek modes) of noise
which is between the 20 dBA of noise when someone whispers at five feet and
the 60 dBA of normal conversation (the scale is logarithmic).
I had absolutely no problem installing Windows
98 SE on the drive. I would, however, very strongly suggest giving
some thought on how the drive should be partitioned before beginning. If
you think you would like one gigantic 27.3 GB C: drive, try defragging a
6.4 GB C: drive. Also, drive performance decreases from first part
of the drive to the last--the heads have to swing further. A 4 GB C:
drive would make a good compromise between capacity for Windows, programs,
and frequently used data and performance. The drive in the beforementioned
computer was part'd into a 4 GB C: drive and the remainder was allocated
to the D: drive.
The WD273BA comes with a 3-year limited warrantee
from a major manufacturer and is available in boxed-retail and OEM versions.
It's more drive than I need...
AMD 650 Mhz Athlon processor, MSI MS-6167 motherboard, 1/2 MB cache' (part
of the processor), 128 MB, 6 ns PC100 memory, Western Digital WD273BA hard
disk, Windows 98 OEM SE with FAT32 file system (4 GB C: drive, defragged),
Diamond Viper V770 Display Adapter with 32 MB.
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