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importance of cache?

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Shuzzy

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May 10, 2004
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Canada
hello there. im not too knowledgeable when it comes to hard drives. i was just wondering what kind of performance difference there is between a 7200 with 8mb cache opposed to one with 2mb cache? i mean from qualility manufacturers. thanks.

edit: also, is there a way to tell how much cache mine has without actually opening my system? the reason i ask is because mine is a hitachi 80gb 7200rpm oem drive, but im not sure about the cache size.
 

Vio1

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Mar 3, 2003
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Toronto Canada
i remember reading that 8mb cache did make a noticable difference in hdd speed. As to finding out what your hitachi is... go to control panel, systems, device manager, Disk drives... find the name of the drive and do a search online.
 

Know Nuttin

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Mar 25, 2004
Location
Ontario, Canada
it's not a huge difference but noticeable. I'd say maybe 5% or so, depending on what you do with the drive.

Download Everest Home Edition, and it can tell you how much cache your drive has.