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    Default 16mb Cache Vs 8mb cache

    I know there has been a few hdd threads lately and Im seirous about upgrading my hard drives. I currently have a IBM Deskstar that is supposedly 40G as it reads on the sticker bit is actually 30gb. The ibm is 7200 rpms and seems to be the quickest and quietest i own. Anyone ever heard of Quantum Fireball harddrives? I know i havent but that one is also 30gb and who knows how much cache it has.. Well now i have a nice mobo with 4 sata2 3gb/s ports that i can all run in raid. So i'm left with a descision get 2 80gb seagates or WD's for like 45$ each which i can run in raid but its only 160gb.. Or get this western digital that is 250gb 16mb cache and lots of room for 80$ with rebates. What would you guys do? Are my old harddrives bottlenecking my system? All my friends say i shuold get an lcd but i dont know should i go for speed or a digital video signal. plese help me make this descision
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    Default Re: 16mb Cache Vs 8mb cache

    Go for the big one, the cache is nice n large, (the platters have more stuff on them too, so you acces stuff faster.)what model though? I would reccomend the caviar. CRT is cheaper than lcd, dont do that LCD, you should upgrade your HD, that is opinionated, do what suits your needs.
    Last edited by orangutang91; 06-23-2006 at 02:14 AM.
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    Get 2 250GB drives for raid and you won't be back in 12 months asking for more upgrade advice. As for brands, Western Digital or Seagate are the only two I would trust.
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    2 in raid is a good idea
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    Well Im on a 90$ limit for my buget so I can't get two, so you guys would say get the 250GB drive then? Will this be faster then my current hdd's? Do you guys know if the Quantum Fireball brand of hdd's exist anymore?
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    I believe Maxtor owns the Quantum Fireball name but they are no longer produced.
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    Wow i cant beleve i own a maxtor, i had a old 8gb max and that thing was loud as hell! vLOL
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    8 gigs?!?!?!
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    Default Re: 16mb Cache Vs 8mb cache

    Quote Originally Posted by TRIGGER
    I know there has been a few hdd threads lately and Im seirous about upgrading my hard drives. I currently have a IBM Deskstar that is supposedly 40G as it reads on the sticker bit is actually 30gb. The ibm is 7200 rpms and seems to be the quickest and quietest i own. Anyone ever heard of Quantum Fireball harddrives? I know i havent but that one is also 30gb and who knows how much cache it has.. Well now i have a nice mobo with 4 sata2 3gb/s ports that i can all run in raid. So i'm left with a descision get 2 80gb seagates or WD's for like 45$ each which i can run in raid but its only 160gb.. Or get this western digital that is 250gb 16mb cache and lots of room for 80$ with rebates. What would you guys do? Are my old harddrives bottlenecking my system? All my friends say i shuold get an lcd but i dont know should i go for speed or a digital video signal. plese help me make this descision
    Quantum no longer is around, they were bought out by Maxtor atleast 5 years ago and the last I heard Maxtor is suppose to be in the process or has all ready been bought out by Seagate.

    If you decide to run a raid 0 array with 2 drives, just remember you take twice the risk of something going wrong. I found that out the hard way when one of my drives died and everything was gone before I did a backup:(. In my opinion raid didn't seem to make much difference in speed anyway, maybe a 4 drive raid array using 2 of the drives to mirror the other two would be good but it would also get spendy . I personally suggest one big drive with a 16mb cache buffer for the OS and whatever else and then if you want, just use another internernal drive for backup purposes since an internal drive is cheaper and faster than external for the price.

    As far as lcd goes, thats a whole different subject. I recently used a widesceen LCD for a system but I don't think the PC market is quite ready for that yet unless you like to look at a lot of poorly stretched images. I good side stretch feature or something better was really needed for the one I seen. Ofcoarse I didn't get a chance to mess with the settings much so maybe I missed something that could have made things look better without the crunch effect. If you go LCD I don't suggest a widescreen quite yet.

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    Default Re: 16mb Cache Vs 8mb cache

    maxtor are crap, if i may say so, having owned several varying models.
    when considering hard disks, the larger the platter, the better, and 16mb cache may only help a little. WD have the best warranty, from what i remember.
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