Mine detected as a Toshiba DT01ACA2 in Linux and a Toshiba in Win7. They look the same though at the very least they have changed the name in the firmware. I tested my drive with HD Tune and got similar results.
It is quite good on speed and noise.
See post 22 for more info.
Last edited by Yankee495; 04-27-2013 at 07:31 AM..
So Hitachi is aab0 and Toshiba is abb0 so I would guess it is a minor change for the name only but I would'nt bet they didn't change anything else.
Anyway, it seems to be a good drive and for the price I took the chance. I had a failing two year old Seagate that is now working like a new one??? Go figure. It might have been the cable but the Toshiba is on the same cable and the Seagate is in an external case to back it up. No problems.
I picked up the Toshiba 2TB retail kit at MicroCenter last month (still priced at $89.99, no rebate and lower than NewEgg). This is a great HDD. Quiet, very fast and appears to be more reliable than most based upon the reviews.
My results on HD Tune 5.0:
Minimum - 86.6 MB/s
Maximum - 190.6 MB/s
Average - 147.4MB/s
I almost ordered this deal to use as a gift but decided to skip. Order with tax (GA) and shipping came to $99.99+$6.23+$3.86=$110.08. So after rebate I'd be at $80.08 which looks very good. But consider that the retail kit has a 3-year warranty vs. the bare drive that has a two year warranty. I'm heavily weighing the warranty in my decision as I just had a 1.5TB WD HDD fail one week before the warranty expired. Got it replaced for the price of return shipping. Also, the mfg. carton on the Toshiba retail kit was one of the best I'd ever seen in terms of protecting the product. I'm not sure how TigerDirect ships their bare drives.
On the other side I have to figure in GA sales tax and gas to get to MicroCenter.
ResellerRatings made my decision for me:
Newegg - 9.04 / 10.00
MicroCenter - 8.53 / 10.00
TigerDirect - 5.10 / 10.00
BTW: TigerDirect has a store in Georgia (thus the tax via web site) but they decided to locate the store out in the middle of nowhere. I would have a 120 mi. round trip from my location in metro Atlanta (pop.5.5M). What were they thinking?
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