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Old 12-29-2005, 10:36 PM   #1
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Default What to look for in a harddrive

When it comes to harddrives, I'm still kind've lost.

What's Serial ATA150? IDE Ultra? SATA?

Which is the "best choice"?
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Well, it depends on what type of computer you're building. Serial ATA150 and SATA are the same for the most part, Serial ATA150 sends data at about 1.2 Gigabits a second vs. IDE Ultra's 88 MB/s
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So a SerialATA150 is better, yes?
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Serial ATA is much faster, especially if you connect more than one hard drive via raid controller.
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got SATA a little more expensive but it is the best spead and everything for your dollars
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Anyone wanna help me rationalize something?

The computer I have right now has 40 gb. I still haven't used it all up. 15-20 GB is music alone. Outside of that, it's emulated stuff, pictures, documents, and some games. I was looking at two harddrives. One has 160 GB for $81. I doubt I'd ever even use up that. The other has $250 GB but it costs $105. Is the $24 jump worth the 90 GB, even though I probably don't need it? I'm trying to be economical, but when I see a 90 gig jump for that cheap, it's hard to hold back, even if I don't really need it.
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Old 12-30-2005, 01:31 PM   #7
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That's the marketing strategy. I would just get the 160 gigabyte one, I mean, you'll probably never use up that much space and even if you do, by that time, there will be a LOT of stuff you can take off to make room, I'm sure.

You could put that extra twenty bucks towards better RAM, better case, etc.
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