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    Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 Internal Hard Drive
    Author: Daniel Topler
    Date Posted: May 4th, 2003
    SLRating Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 Internal Hard Drive (200GB): SLRating: 9/10
    SLRating Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 Internal Hard Drive (160GB): SLRating: 8.5/10
    Bottom Line: If you are need more space on your PC, the Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 Internal Hard Drives are inexpensive, offer high capacity and performance. We believe they are good value but is it worth paying extra for 8MB of Cache and how did they perform? Read on to find out in our official review....

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    Installation

    For most people, installation should be a snap. The process is just like any other hard drive, secure the drive in the bay, plug in power and the ATA cable, and you're ready to go. However, Windows has a problem with drives bigger then 130GB, and you may need to do some tweaking to get the drive working to its full capacity. Since I was using the drive in a brand new system, I was installing Windows for the first time on the computer. Windows was registering the drive as 128GB, but the BIO's was registering the drive as 200GB, so it couldn't be my ATA/133 controller. After talking to Maxtor, I learned that all it was is that I needed to install Windows XP Service Pack 1 for the drive to work at its full capacity. After doing this, the drive worked perfectly. Since I had PartitionMagic 7.0, I easily created another partition and then merged the two to make just one partition. However, for people without this useful software, you'll either need to have two partitions, or you'll have to format your drive, which can be a pain. However, I'm not sure how common this problem is. I'm fairly sure it doesn't happen too much, but it's worth mentioning.

    Test Setup

    Case

    Shuttle SN41G2

    Motherboard

    Shuttle FN41

    CPU

    Athlon XP 2400+

    Memory

    256MB Crucial DDR PC2700

    Video Card

    Integrated GeForce 4 MX Graphics

    Hard Drives

    Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 200GB 8MB

    Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 160GB 2MB

    Sound Card

    Integrated Realtek 6 Channel Sound

    Network Card

    Integrated Realtek Ethernet

    CD-ROM Drive

    8x4x32x CD-RW Drive

    Operating System

    Windows XP Home Edition



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    1. Introduction
    2. Design
    3. Installation
    4. Performance
    5. Conclusions Pros/Cons
    6. Gallery

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