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Seagate 8GB Photo Hard Drive Review
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Seagate 8GB Photo Hard Drive

The Seagate Photo Hard Drive looks just like any other CompactFlash card. But this CompactFlash card packs a miniature hard drive within its compact and robust case! What this means is a huge capacity of 8GB!

In addition, because it makes use of a 1" hard drive, you can buy it at a fraction of the cost of a flash-based CompactFlash card of the same capacity! It certainly offers a lot more value for your money. Of course, most people assume that since it's hard drive-based, it will be slower than its flash-based rivals. However, the new Seagate 8GB Photo Hard Drive punched clean holes in that assumption.

In our benchmarks, the 8GB Photo Hard Drive performed very well with large files. In fact, it outperformed even fast flash CompactFlash cards like the Kingston Elite Pro. Unfortunately, it faltered in small files. Even its 2MB buffer memory could not improve its performance with small files.

But we need to remember that the Seagate Photo Hard Drive is targeted at photographers using DSLRs. The photo files created are usually very large in size, especially if the photographer wants to use uncompressed formats like NEF or CRW. Its excellent read and write performance with such large files will serve it well in this capacity.

Truth be told, this card isn't really suitable as a portable storage medium for carrying your documents or other files. Not only is it slow at small files, you will need a separate reader to access the data. It would be much easier to use USB drives like the Corsair 4GB Flash Voyager or the Seagate 5GB Pocket Hard Drive.

If you are looking for a very large and cheap CompactFlash card for your photography needs, the new Seagate 8GB Photo Hard Drive is certainly the CompactFlash card to consider. It's fast where it counts, comes with a very large capacity and is much cheaper than flash-based cards. What else can you ask for?

For more details, read our Comprehensive Review!


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Lowest PriceGrabber Price

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Comprehensive Review

Available Models

• ST6280211C-RK (8 GB)
• ST6240211C-RK (4 GB)

Formatted Capacities

• 8 GB
• 4 GB

Interface • CompactFlash Type II

Spindle Speed

• 3600 RPM


• 2 MB

Sequential read/write performance

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Acoustics • NA

Internal Drive Type

• Seagate 1"


1.69" (42.8 mm) wide
0.20" (5 mm) thick


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Power Source

• Via CompactFlash interface


• 1 Year Limited Warranty

Technical Support • Free unlimited tech support
Package Contents

• One Seagate Photo Hard Drive
• One hard plastic case
• One manual


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