IBM Deskstar DTLA-305040 41.1Gb IBM has been very active in hard drive research and regularly sets records for the fastest, smallest and highest capacity drives. For this test it sent us a mid-range 40GV.
Quantum Fireball Lct15 30Gb Quantum claims to be the largest supplier of hard drives for PCs in terms of sheer number of drives sold. For this review we received a 30Gb lct15. The lct stands for 'low cost technology'.
Samsung SpinPoint SV2042D 20.4Gb Samsung is one of the world's largest corporations with fingers in a lot of pies. There are four ranges, all with the SpinPoint name. The newest is the SV204000 series. All its drives are 5,400 rpm devices. The V in the name stands for value.
Western Digital Caviar 205BA 20.5Gb Western Digital has been making drives since 1988 and uses the Caviar brand name for all desktop PC hard drives. The 7,200 rpm BA range is part of the performance sector.