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Fastest IDE HDD

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Rascal

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#1
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?
 

Sazar

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#2
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)
 
#5
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....
 

Sazar

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#6
Originally posted by scriptasylum
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....
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
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. ;)
 

Sazar

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#8
Originally posted by Rascal
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?
and I was looking at the original post :)

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

Sazar

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#10
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 :)
 
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Zodiaq

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#11
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
 
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jcs83md

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#12
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.
 

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