A 160GB hard drives is the entry point for any desktop computer today. It offers adequate space and can be bought. We select the WD1600AAJS as our choice for a budget hard drive because cheap in this case does not necessarily mean compromise in performance. In fact this 160GB offers performance that is at par or even slightly better than the 2-platter 320GB or 500GB drives. The single platter make allows for higher trans¬fer rates and better seek times. It also results in a lighter and thinner drive that is super silent and runs cool as well. With average read/ write speeds touching 60MB/s the drive is no slouch for its league.
With such a low price point, enthusiasts and garners on a tight budget can grab the opportunity to create a very capable performance PC by coupling two of these in RAlD-0 configuration. For as low as Rs 4000, you get 320GB of storage with speeds that come very close to the Raptor X 150GB. The Hitachi Deskstar 7K160 takes the second spot, it offers of a single patter make, though the performance is marginally lower than the winner. The Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 160GB takes the third spot with a 5 -7 percent performance lag compared to the top two drives.