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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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    A few weeks back, I reviewed the Maxtor 5000DV, a 200GB external hard drive. But what about the internal 200GB drive? We've gotten that in the "SLCentral Labs" for review, as well as the 160GB 2MB cache drive.

    In this review, I'll answer a question that is on many peoples minds when they are purchasing a new hard drive; does the buffer size really matter that much? While 8MB buffers are starting to become more and more standard, it's still common to see

    So, read on to see if it's worth the extra money for a 8MB cache. While they are fairly standard now, many drives are still using the 2MB cache technology, which is greatly outdated. Plus, are the Maxtor 200GB and 160GB drives worth your money? Read on.


    The Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 hard drive line comes in 60, 80, 120, 160, and 200GB sizes. All the drives, with exclusion of the 200GB, comes in either 2MB or 8MB cache. The DiamondMax Plus 9 drive line also comes in Serial ATA, in the same capacities, and all come with 8MB cache. In SLCentral's case, we received a 160GB 2MB cache drive and a 200GB 8MB cache drive.

    7200 RPM

    Data Protection System

    2MB or 8MB cache

    Fluid Dynamic Bearing Motors

    ATA/133 or SATA interface

    Less then 9.4ms average seek time

    60, 80, 120, 160 or 200GB capacity

    Shock Protection System

    Design Go the the next page
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    1. Introduction
    2. Design
    3. Installation
    4. Performance
    5. Conclusions Pros/Cons
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