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WDC WD3200BPVT 320GB

The Western Digital WDC WD3200BPVT 320GB is a 2.5" 320GB Hard Disk Drive.

It uses the SATA 3Gb/s interface and has a speed of 5400 RPM.

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Western Digital WDC WD3200BPVT 320GB

Drive TypeHard Disk DriveThis defines whether the drive is a large-capacity slower hard disk drive, a smaller-capacity but much faster solid-state drive, or a hybrid
Physical Size2.5"The size of the drive dictates which drive bays it will fit into - generally a small drive will fit into any bigger drive bay with an adapter
Capacity320GBThe drive storage capacity is the limit to the size of files that can be stored
Release Date01 Sep 2004 The later the release, the more likely manufacturer support will still be around
Cache Size8MBThe bigger the cache, the more data that can be temporarily stored for faster access
Power Required3WHDDs should generally require very little power to run, and SSDs even less
RPM5400 RPMThe higher the RPM, the faster the hard drive, and the faster stored data can be accessed
Drive InterfaceSATA 3Gb/sThe interface is the type of motherboard connection and defines the bandwidth limit of the drive

WDC WD3200BPVT 320GB compatibility review

The Western Digital WDC WD3200BPVT 320GB is a hard disk drive, which means it stores data using quickly rotating disks, or platters, that can be read and written on via the moving actuator arm. Hard disk drives generally have a large storage capacity, and so are perfect for large amounts of data. The potential performance is well below that of solid-state drives, but they can definitely still hold their own. The Western Digital WDC WD3200BPVT 320GB is a fairly poor primary hard disk drive choice, as its performance leaves a lot to be desired. It would be fine to use as basic data storage, though.

With a cache of 8MB, the Western Digital WDC WD3200BPVT 320GB can store a very small amount of data temporarily. Loading data that has previously been loaded will result in barely any difference in access speed and load duration. At a speed of 5400 RPM, the hard disk drive spins at a below average speed. This speed is common for laptop hard drives, and may have long-term reliability and low-power benefits, but the resulting hard drive performance is noticeably slow.

With a capacity of 320GB, the Western Digital WDC WD3200BPVT 320GB has a very small amount of storage space for an hard disk driveUsing the SATA 2.0 3Gb/s interface this hard disk drive will not be limited by its connection with the motherboard, and there is currently no real reason to choose SATA 3.0 over SATA 2.0 for a mechanical hard disk drive (SSDs are another matter).

A form factor size of 2.5" is standard for laptop drives and solid-state drives, and this will fit into any 2.5" drive bay. These drive bays are not yet ubiquitous, but it will also fit into a standard 3.5" or 5.25" drive bay with the appropriate adapter.

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