Seagate Hawk 4XL ST34555W

Average Score

Business Disk WinMark 98 (KB/s)

1344

SS/Database

1170

WP

1682

Publishing

1248

Browsers

1546

Task Switching

1808

High-End Disk WinMark 98 (KB/s)

3922

AVS/Express 3.1

2464

Frontpage 97

3192

MicroStation 95

7442

Photoshop 4.0

2988

Premiere 4.2

7288

PV-Wave 6.1

2898

Visual C++ 5.0

8824

Disk/Read Random Access (ms)

14.4

Disk/Read Transfer Rate (KB/s)

Beginning

9710

End

6090

Disk/Read CPU Utilization (%)

5.2

Transfer Rate (KB/s)

9708

The Hawk 4XL is positioned as Seagate's entry-level drive, providing decent performance at wallet-friendly prices. The Hawk's Disk WinBench98 scores trail the Seagate Barracuda 4XL by a relatively small amount (by 8% in Business, only 1% in High-End) while costing substantially less. The Hawk proved to be a little quieter than Quantum's similarly priced and similarly performing Viking, but is backed with a more consumer-oriented 3 year warranty rather than the Viking's 5 years. The Hawk, unlike the Viking, came with a manual detailing installation and configuration. Even so, the Hawk 4XL warrants a solid recommendation for those looking for an inexpensive SCSI drive. Storage Review uses the Hawk 4XL as the boot drive for our SCSI test bed.
 

Western Digital Enterprise WDE4360-0007B2

Average Score

Business Disk WinMark 98 (KB/s)

1328

SS/Database

1136

WP

1646

Publishing

1258

Browsers

1538

Task Switching

1596

High-End Disk WinMark 98 (KB/s)

3410

AVS/Express 3.1

2254

Frontpage 97

3052

MicroStation 95

7016

Photoshop 4.0

2116

Premiere 4.2

6696

PV-Wave 6.1

2658

Visual C++ 5.0

7098

Disk/Read Random Access (ms)

13.1

Disk/Read Transfer Rate (KB/s)

Beginning

6860

End

6016

Disk/Read CPU Utilization (Percent)

6.1

Transfer Rate (KB/s)

7731

Western Digital's Caviar series ATA drives enjoy a solid reputation of performance and reliability. The company is not one that first comes to mind when one thinks of SCSI drives. Nevertheless, the company offers its "Enterprise" series of drives. The Enterprise is a typical high-end offering, backed by a 5 year warranty and claiming 1,000,000 MTBF hours. Despite its rather high price, the Enterprise's performance is unexceptional, posting average Business Winmark scores and the lowest High-End Winmark of the roundup. Like Quantum's Viking, the Enterprise did not come with any documentation in the box, forcing us to go to the WD's web page to find the correct ID and termination settings. Users will find much better performance at the same price in Seagate's Cheetah and Barracuda, or better performance at a much lower price with Quantum's Viking and Seagate's Hawk.
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