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Written by Hanners   
Tuesday, 25 July 2006 00:00
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Seagate ST3320620AS 320GB Serial ATA hard drive review
Perpendicular recording
Seagate 320GB Serial ATA hard drive
Test setup, performance
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Seagate 320GB Serial ATA hard drive review

If there's one certainty for many computer users, it's that you can never have enough storage space, now more so than ever.  Now that we are well and truly ensconced in the digital era, the days of having piles of photos and CDs and paper laying around are fading fast, meaning that everything tends to be stored on your PC's hard disk, be it music, movies, photos or letters.  Couple this with the move to higher quality and higher definition formats, and it soon becomes apparent that files are also taking up more and more of this space, thus requiring larger and larger hard disk drives.

Thankfully, so far the hard drive manufacturers have more than kept pace with these requirements, happily releasing larger and larger drives to satiate our love of data.  Of course, much like other sections of the industry, the storage industry has had its technical challenges to overcome to keep this level of progress up, and indeed just recently wae have seen one such technological breakthrough which has allowed for hard drive sizes to increase further - Perpendicular recording.  Today, we'll be looking at a drive from Seagate's range of devices that makes use of this technology, to see how it performs - Although drives are currently on offer in this range up to a massive 750GB, we've instead plumped for the drive which currently has the best size:price ratio of the bunch, the 320GB part, utilising a Serial ATA interface.  So, read on to learn more about both perpendicular recording and the drive in question.

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