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[sAn]Assasin

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Ok so mines just died and im runin on at 6gig ata 66 job :(

Whats the best for about 100 pounds or 140ish dollars..


open for discussion this one...

i was on an ibm deskstar and its died very young... about 18 months...does ibms warrnty cover it still??
 

Serraph

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I like my 80 gig Western Digital special edition 8 mb cache harddrive. It's really quiet and also runs cool compared to most harddrives. It'll go for about 110-125 US dollars depending on where you get it from.
 
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[sAn]Assasin

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Drives

thanks yeah, i was just looking at that actual one..strange...

question is do i go for 8mb of cache or ATA133...


Western digital...
not had them for ages...any comments on there reliabilty and speed etc...

am i gonna see a difference in my ibm deskstar ata100...
 

ThePerfectCore

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Definently go for the 8MB cache version. Going from ATA100 to ATA133 won't really make much of a speed difference.
 

Serraph

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It's probably one of the faster harddrives on the market. Runs quiet and alot cooler than other harddrives. It's held up for 4 months so far without a problem.
 

Caffinehog

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8mb cache is better.

ATA133 is not really any faster than ata100. Really. A drive can only read sustained at about 50-60mb/s. Usually, more like 30mb/s. Drives read extra data after what is requested and store it in the cache. If more is needed, and it often is, this can be transferred at the full 100mb/s burst rate. With WD, you've got a full 8mb to transfer at 100mb/s, which gives you more data faster, and gives the drive time to find more data that might need to be accessed. With maxtor, you transfer 2mb at 133mb/s, and the drive hasn't found the rest of the data yet. In this way, the 8mb cache model provides a higher sustained throughput.
 

mbentley

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Serraph said:
I like my 80 gig Western Digital special edition 8 mb cache harddrive. It's really quiet and also runs cool compared to most harddrives. It'll go for about 110-125 US dollars depending on where you get it from.

i second that... i have one as well and i have a temp. sensor on it. it says it's at 98.6 F. it's also in a removable bay as well (probably trapping a little more heat than usual). it's nice and quiet... i run it as my second drive for all my apps and games... works extremely well. wish i could afford another right now :)