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    Hard Drive Question

    I bought my computer about a year ago and it came with an Ultra ATA 100 disk. I want to buy a new HD (to install Linux on). Can I use an Ultra ATA 133 drive or where do I have to look to find out? Basically this new HD is eventually going to be it's own comp, and the motherboard I want has a 133 controller. Do I need a new controller or will it work just at a slower speed?

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    It'll work at ATA100.
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    The difference between AT133 and ATA100 is nothing with a 7200RPM drive. The reason is that you simply cannot get the data off the drive to fill the 133MB/second pipe that is provided. My current favorite IDE drive is the Westen Digtal Special Edtion series of drives. They have 8MB of cache, so they are able to burst for four times as long as a 2MB cache drive making them faster overall...

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    Originally posted by Thejavaman1
    My current favorite IDE drive is the Westen Digtal Special Edtion series of drives. They have 8MB of cache, so they are able to burst for four times as long as a 2MB cache drive making them faster overall...
    I recommend those too! They are fast.

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    Yeah, that's what I have. It's pretty good.
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    I want a new drive, don't want to spend too much moola, whats the opinions on this:

    http://www.compusa.com/products/prod...pe=rb#moreinfo

    Maxtor DiamondMax 120GB, 7200RPM, Internal E-IDE
    Cache Size: 8 MB
    Ultra ATA/133

    $180 - $30 mail in rebate + $15.00 tax (buying mail order not from NY would avoid this, but then I got shipping instead)

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    I belive Western Digtal still has a 3 year warrenty on their drives where as maxtor only has a 1 year now...

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    errr, 3 years on this one... But in 1 year the drive won't be worth much anyway. I have a 4.3gig still under warrenty that failed, it is not worth the trouble of sending back.

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    I dunno, the hard drive in my Mom's machine is the Maxtor I was using 3 years ago. Still running great.
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    Hmm, yeah I've heard about that myself, actually (failing Maxtor drives).

    Perhaps Maxtor is not of the quality they once were? I know many companies are trying to save money after the "dot-com bomb", and perhaps their quality has suffered as a result? Just speculating - but when you hear that from "several sources" you begin to wonder.

    Anyway, I would wholeheartedly recommend a Western Digital hard drive, I haven't had any problems with them at all (in two computers, both 7200 rpm - 80 GB and 100 GB).

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    Not that you'd be using one of these but its just a cool little FYI. Western Digital drives in size from 1.0 to 1.2GB usually the first generation of those sizes are very prone to a problem with the heads where they start making a clanking noise and the drive doesn't work anymore.

    And intrestingly enough I had a friend this weekend with a 60gig western digital have the same problem. But their drive is under warrenty still so its all good.

    I've got a 40GB maxtor drive thats about 2 years old and I got a 13.6GB one thats over 3 years old and both are running fine.

    It just comes down to the fact that you can't have a 100% reliable product, there are always going to be drives that fail.

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    I guess I've been lucky, I haven't had a hard drive fail yet. (and I am about to knock on wood, too!).

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    no no no!! dont get a drive from compusa..check pricewatch.com ... i got a 120gb 7200 rpm western digital for $134..

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    I've used both Maxtor and WD when I've built computers... the even though some models have the same cache size.. the WD still seems faster... plus the WD is definately more reliable and long lasting... nothing against Maxtor but I think WD is the better of the two


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