ATA Speeds

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by indyjones, Mar 26, 2003.

  1. indyjones

    indyjones OSNN.net Adventurer

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    Hi
    I have two hard drives both Maxtor.

    The first (older one) is 20 gig 7,200 RPM 2 meg ATA 66

    Second newer 60 gig 7,200 RPM 2 meg ATA 133

    will i knowtice THAT MUCH speed diffrence between them??
    I am running them both off a highpoint 133 raid controller (though not in a raid configuration) which is built into my abit KR7A -133R motherboard.

    The reason is i want 6 partions
    Windows - currently 6 gig
    music & films - i have at least 30 gig
    games
    pagefile
    downloads
    and backups installs

    Any help (mainly on the hdd speed difference) will be very much appreciated

    :)
     
  2. Erbmaster

    Erbmaster Moderator Folding Team

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    Speed of your old drive is doubled in the new one, however, depending on how you partition these, and which drive Windows is gonna sit on will prove the deciding factor.....U putting them on the same cable??
     
  3. indyjones

    indyjones OSNN.net Adventurer

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    No they both have their own cable and channel
     
  4. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    :D you heard of folders? :p

    the ata133 drive would be noticeably faster simply because it's newer and will have a faster seek time and everything else. the transfer speed will also help a little bit, though it's not actually twice as fast.
     
  5. indyjones

    indyjones OSNN.net Adventurer

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    Come on folders are useless :p

    You think the drive will be fine for running windows though
     
  6. Erbmaster

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    Given that the ATA66 standard equates to a max of 66MB/s, what do you think the 133 in ATA133 stands for then Taurus? :p

    I agree that there may be overheads involved, and at the end of the day were not talking SCSI or SATA, but 133 is the theoretical max burst throughput offered by this standard, and the performance drop will be negligible, after all, you can't actually notice a great deal of speed difference between ATA100/ATA133

    It's true you may get around 90MB/s from an ATA100drive, but I would recommend some IOSS RD3 Gladiator ATA cables...they rock man, and can even give 30% performance increases due to reduced crosstalk...find out more here

    With regard to folders, anyone running a single partition over 20GB is gonna run into problems over time.....ain't fragmentation a *****. As for running a 60GB partition lol.......now where did I put that file???:happy:

    Given that both drives have an rpm of 7200 i wouldn't expect a whole lotta difference on the access times probably +/- .5ms

    Further reading....

    Try here

    or here

    ...or even here ;)
     
  7. indyjones

    indyjones OSNN.net Adventurer

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    Thanks erbmaster i had a feeling that i would not knowtice the difference :) as the difference in seek times etc would be lost when there are more partions and files to actully search through!
    Will have to have a think about how i will restruture my drive now :) thinking

    20 gig hdd
    Windows 6 gig
    Downloads 2~3 gig
    BAckups installs and maybe movies the rest.

    60 gig hdd
    1.5~2gig for pagefile
    30 gig music
    the rest games and junk

    good config ???
     
  8. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    yeah, that's what i mean.

    looks like a good config, indyjones.
     
  9. indyjones

    indyjones OSNN.net Adventurer

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    Many thanks all! i consider myself re-educated in terms of swap files:cool:

    Will sort this out saturday consider this tread ended and once again thanks :happy: