I think the Maxtor DiamondMax Plus is an excellent drive. All the reviews I've seen put the Maxtor and the IBM in a tie for first place. I currently have 5 DiamondMax Plus 30 G ATA/100 7200 rpm drives spinning and I am very happy with the performance of these drives.
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I have a diamondmax plus 40, which is a 20gb 7200rpm, ATA/66. However when running sisoft sandra benchmarks my drives seems to be ATA/100 capable. Ever since I switched to the Abit KT7-RAID my hard drive performance has gone up which leads mt to believe that the maxtor drives are ATA/100 compatable without a firmware update.
Well, I got it working perfectly with my other Fujitsu 10.8GB HD.. It's the "Plus 40" version. Does this mean that it cannot be upgradable to ATA-100? Also.. I was going to start a new topic, but I might as well ask it here.. Would there be any point of getting one of those "Promise ATA-100 PCI Expansion Cards"? Would I notice a performance increase or would it be a waste of money?
That is an excellent drive but you would be kidding yourself to think it will exceed the 66Mb/sec that ATA66 will support. If your MB supports ATA/UDMA 66 it has all the throughput it needs. If you have a UDMA 33 only MB you would see only a slight improvement with a 66 or 100 card. If your MB does not even support UDMA 33 then get a card as it would be a lot of bang for the buck.
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