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6. Disk Drive Performance Hacks > 58. Choose the Fastest Hard Drive

Choose the Fastest Hard Drive

Did you know that the “high performance Brand X” hard drive inside your PC is probably not the highest performance version of the drive that “Brand X” makes? PC manufacturers use the most current disk drive series available from their drive vendor, but typically only the most economical model of that series. Your PC maker buys a select version of the popular disk drive brands, so their “select” or so-called “OEM” components are not necessarily top of the line, even if you think your PC maker is the best in the world.

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OEM, or Original Equipment Manufacturer, has become a generic term for products branded or labeled by a “big name” company like Hewlett-Packard or Dell that are actually made by another company. For example, that beautiful charcoal gray or black monitor with the Dell logo on the front is not actually manufactured by Dell but by Sony, NEC, Nokia, or a no-name assembler of PC parts with a license and a big order to produce a lot of Dell-branded products.


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