Fastest IDE HDD

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Rascal, Oct 24, 2002.

  1. Rascal

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    OK, what in your opinion is the fastest IDE HDD?

    I'll narrow it down for you....must be minimum 7200 rpm with 8mb cache.....

    Anyone know of a higher spec than that?
     
  2. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    I would go with the maxtor diamond 9 series... 8mb cache ata 133...

    the serial ata standard should soon bring about ata 150 ide drives..

    if you want faster go with scsi :)

    but for now I would go with the maxtor diamond series... fast and quiet (liquid bearings)
     
  3. Rascal

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    lol.....thats the one I was looking at :D
     
  4. Nick M

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    Maxtor Diamond 9, anything faster then that, you need to go with SCSI drive :)
     
  5. scriptasylum

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    Or you could go with IDE RAID (striped). 2 40GB IDE drives, even 5400 rpm, would work pretty good I think; and getting 2 drives and an IDE RAID controller may be cheaper than a decent sized SCSI drive....
     
  6. Sazar

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    well a 5400 drive is generally slower than a 7200 rpm drive..

    better to get a faster hdd to start with... and take advantage of serial ata which is faster than regular raid controllers...

    raid controllers max out @ ata 133... whereas serial ata is rated @ ata150... better that than a 5400rpm drive
     
  7. scriptasylum

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    I was quoting 5400 rpm drives because they are quite cheap these days. Obviously 7200 rpm drives would work better. And SCSI and Serial ATA even better. It was just a relatively inexpensive option for performance and capacity. ;)
     
  8. Sazar

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    and I was looking at the original post :)

    there is no mention of costs related or lower performance options...
     
  9. NetRyder

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    Whoa! The Diamond 9 is one heck of a drive! :eek:
     
  10. Sazar

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    yup.. I wanted to buy it BUT there was none in stock so I went with the 2mb version... it is still uber fast :) so you can just image what the 8mb version will be like...

    much faster than the ata100 drives from IBM and WD that have 8mb cache...

    I just love maxtor's I have 3 right now :)
     
  11. Zodiaq

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    I was curious about the Maxtor Drives, but for some reason I just have stuck to the WD Drives.

    Is the Maxtor 9 really that fast?

    If anyone has it could you maybe run a benchmark in Sandra, just so I can see where i'm at.

    Thanks
     
  12. jcs83md

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    I dont know if I Believe Sandra's Disk Benchmarks. I had two 4 year old ATA33 5400RPM drives scoring higher then the ATA66 configurations.. and only 3000 or so off from the ATA100.
     
  13. Bootsy

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    whatever you get, get Western Digital, I swear by it
     
  14. Sazar

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    I swear by Maxtor... :)
     
  15. shaunj66

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    Maxtor is the only drive i would consider getting, i have a 40gb 7200rpm and 80gb 7200rpm drive, and they are excellent and very reliable! :D