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Hard Drive Speeds and Sizes

Is it better to get a larger disk with slower access times, or a smaller version that is genrally 7200? Is there any real big difference?
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Old 05-12-2003, 11:05 PM cokezeroholic is offline  
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Id recommend the 8mb caches 7200rpm drives by WD...they seem to be pretty nice from reviews I have read...

I have the 2mb (80gb) one and its nice, but ive *heard* that the 8mb cache can make the drive seem like a 10,000rpm or even a SCSI drive...
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The drive I have is a Seagate Barracuda, fine for the most part but like all computer hardware .. it could be better. Last WD drives I've had weny kaput very quickly on me. Who's the best at this point in time? As far as HD manufacturers are concerned.
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There is a big difference when you go from 5400RPM to 7200RPM.

5400RPM drives are slow for boot drives but acceptable for storage drives (MP3s, Vids, Etc.).

Size doesn't make that much of a difference to performance, you may get slightly higher throughput with a larger drive because of higher data density.

8mb cache drives are slightly faster, but the difference is not that great.
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The drive I have is a Seagate Barracuda, fine for the most part but like all computer hardware .. it could be better. Last WD drives I've had weny kaput very quickly on me. Who's the best at this point in time? As far as HD manufacturers are concerned.
Probably Maxtor or Western Digital.
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It depends on what you're using your drives for, as previously mentioned... but, if it's the only disk you're using, I'd say get the 7200. But, why would you have to get a smaller size?
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Well, didn't really ask because I was in the market for one. But just think about it. Price limit, etc.
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the price difference between 5400 and 7200rpm is usually small, around $10. The boost from 8MB is somewhat small also, but (at least with WD) you get a 3 year warranty also
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It also depends the generation. A new gen 5400rpm drive will have better transfer rates than an old 7200rpm drive. But, the access times will still suck (and that is all you really notice).
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the price difference between 5400 and 7200rpm is usually small, around $10. The boost from 8MB is somewhat small also, but (at least with WD) you get a 3 year warranty also
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woops, yeah. The 5400RPM drives can have decent transfer rates. They are just pokey on the seek times.
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Why not just go for 15,000rpm?



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Well I am currently running:
36gb 15,000 rpm
18gb 10,000 rpm
18gb 10,000 rpm
30gb 700 rpm

My 36gb handles the OS and program files. The other drives handle storage, etc.
To be completely honest the 18gb ones feel faster than the 15,000 one.
I think it has something to do with that 36gb drive is the OS / System file drive, but I wouldn't think that would matter.

But either way I really enjoy SCSI.
But you can't beat those 8mb drives for the price.
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<3 15K SCSI RAID 5

I'd suggest the WD360GD
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