Seagate 7200.10 Firmware Issues
Patrick "MACMAC" MacMillan
Does your Seagate 7200.10 series drive feel a little slower than it should? Well Fuffles (Weird name I know!) has just posted a very interesting article comparing the performance difference between two distinct Seagate firmwares. The results may surprise you.
Heres what they had to say:
If our theory is correct, the drives should never have reached regular consumers through retail channels. Customers buy the 7200.10 after reading or hearing it performs excellent, but when they come home and run tests they are disappointed by its performance. The altered STR characteristics are simply inexcusable. Also, relying on our stopwatch benchmarks (page 5) to be correct, AAK disks provide lower performance to home users and common tasks where waiting time is based solely on hard drive performance.
The AAK firmware is clearly slower than the AAE firmware. This is quite surprising coming from a well respected company such as Seagate. It will be interesting to see how they react to this situation. All I know is that Im glad that I have an AAE drive, and I will be avoiding AAK versions in my search for an additional hard drive.
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