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Fujitsu 6.4GB HD - New old tech

Fujitsu 6.4GB HD - New old tech - PCSTATS
Abstract: Why would we review a 6.4Gb harddrive? Because this drive was made in 2000, and boasts new features that blow away its older brothers - and it smokes some 10Gb HD's (names withheld to protect innocent).
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Filed under: Hard Drives/SSD Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Fujitsu Apr 23 2000   Max Page  
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Differences

The drive we used for comparision is the MPB model of the same density, and make. The most obvious difference between the two hard drives is the top cover. The MPB sports a blackened aluminum cover giving it that Darth Vader look, while the MPE has a shiny stainless steel cover that has benefits not immediatly obvious from right out of the box.

Model "MPB"

The MPE also has an impoved EMI shield which covers the full top surface of the drive, where the older version only shields the actual platters. I won't talk about what effects this imporvement may have, because I am not too familiar with EMI shielding issues. But for those who are thinking the stainless steel is doing the shielding that is not quite correct. Stainless steels are non-magnetic by nature, which would expain why the material can replace aluminum as the covering material, but also why a ferric metal plate is still used to shield the hard drive. Stainess steel is a also more resistant to deformation then aluminum - but I don't suggest anyone test that out with their drives;-)

Fujitsu has opted to protect the thin plastic conductor tape leading to the internal armature on its newest version with a small aluminum shield. A wise improvement considering I've seen at least one drive destroyed after having this thin conductor cable cracked by impact with a CD ROM's edge.

Is that a hard drive or a dying cat in there?

Well, the MPE is probably the quietest drive I have ever layed my hands on. During the benchmarking I could barely tell the drive was doing anything - and I had the cover off my case, and computer sitting next to me! The aluminum cover of the MPB certainly didn't do much to quiet the movements of that drive, but the new stainless steel case does it quite well. According to the specs Fujitsu lists, the new cover decreases sound by about 1 db, giving this drive a sound factor of about 3.4 bels on average. That is increadibly quiet. Even less then the sound of one hand claping....

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Contents of Article: Fujitsu
 Pg 1.  Fujitsu 6.4GB HD - New old tech
 Pg 2.  — Differences
 Pg 3.  Ram and PCB changes

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