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Fujitsu 6.4GB HD - New old tech
Fujitsu 6.4GB HD - New old tech - PCSTATS
Why would we review a 6.4Gb harddrive? Because this drive was made in 2000, and boasts new features that blow away its older brothers - and it smokes some 10Gb HD's (names withheld to protect innocent).
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External Mfg. Website: Fujitsu Apr 23 2000   Max Page  
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Ram and PCB changes

Looking at the bottom of the drive there are significant differences - the electronics driving the newest version of this 6.4 Gb drive are completly new and up to date. Not only that but the memory has even been upgraded to what looks like an 16Mb 10ns/100MHz OKi RAM module - replacing an outdated 60ns 16Mb EDO RAM module by Hyundai.

RAM used on the "MPE"

RAM used on the "MPB"

Newer Fujitsu "MPE"
6.4 Gb hard drive

Old Fujitsu "MPB"
6.4 Gb hard drive


Essentially all these upgrades should transform into better performance, so we tested the two drives against each other with Sisoft Sandra Pro.

DRIVES:  4.3GB Maxtor   6.3GB MPB   6.3GBb MPE 

Sandra Benchmark




Min. Disk Cache

16 Mb

16 Mb

16 Mb

Buffered Read

210 Mb/s

161 Mb/s

110 Mb/s

Sequencial Read

8 Mb/s

6 Mb/s

13 Mb/s

Random Read

4082 Kb/s

3267 Kb/s

6 Mb/s

Buffered Write

136 Mb/s

152 Mb/s

105 Mb/s

Sequencial Write

2338 Kb/s

3788 Mb/s

6 Mb/s

Random Write

2924 Kb/s

5 Mb/s

6 Mb/s

Avg. Acces Time

8 ms

10 ms

5 ms

DMA Emabled





The results show that with the new upgrades in electronics and memory, the new version of Fujitsu's 6.4Gb smokes its earlier incarnation by almost 2:1. What does all this mean? Well if you are in the market to put a system together for the least amount of money, and don't require a huge 10+ Gig hard drive, a "small" 6 Gig'r like this one can make a great choice.

It also breaks a myth that I held about 'old tech'. When most people discuss 'low capacity' drives they assume that what is available now is what was available then, which is obviously not the case for Fujitsu. They have managed to produce a small capacity drive inline with the larger drives of today in performance. Bottom line, if you don't need 10+ Gb of storage, you don't need to buy it, old tech is new tech and the performance is excellent. That and the stainless steel looks really nice...

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Contents of Article: Fujitsu
 Pg 1.  Fujitsu 6.4GB HD - New old tech
 Pg 2.  Differences
 Pg 3.  — Ram and PCB changes

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