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    I'm lost in an ocean of HDDs

    Everywhere I look there's another type of hard drive. IDE, EIDE ok well... But Ultra-DMA/33 and /66. 7200rpm vs. 5400rpm. Even different colored cables.

    Since, up to now, I've only messed with 'plain old IDE', what should I put on an AMI Megathon with AMD Athlon 700?

    How can I stay out of trouble if I get confused and inadvertently mix and match incorrectly?

    I'm from the RLL and MFM generation, they were built to last forever, and they still work--all 40-, 80- and 120MB of 'em.

    Any rules of thumb? Anyone with a crystal ball who knows what will prove best in the long run?

    HDDs I bought 2yrs ago either crashed or were trashed. And not just from running Defrag too often.

    Will be loading Me or SE and also W2000 for recertification. I don't have money to burn, so SCSIs are out.
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    Get yourself an IBM. I think just about everyone will agree that they make about the best IDE drives. Seagate also makes good drives.

    As far as compatibility goes, any board that supports an Athlon 700 should be fine with any IDE drive you buy today. You may not be able to use the drive to it's full capabilities, but the drives are backwards compatible.

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    Go with drclaw's advice, IBMs are the best IDE drive out there.

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    IDE, EIDE, ATA and DMA all refer to (more or less) the same type of HDD; they're just different aspects of it. Any drive you get with the above acronyms will work on your motherboard, even if you mix 'n match. The numbers you want to look for are the ATA/Ultra-DMA speed and the RPM.

    Get either ATA/66 or ATA/100- the real-world difference in miniscule, but ATA/100 can be faster. (There's not much price difference; this speed depends on the age of the drive.) Both are faster than ATA/33 which is obsolete.

    As far as RPM goes, the higher the number, the higher the transfer speed. 5400 is standard, 7200 is marginally faster, 10000 is marginally faster still! Personally, I use 5400rpm drives because they're cheaper, and I prioritize quantity over speed, but many here prefer a smaller, faster drive. I've used Seagate, WD and Maxtor drives; other than a DOA on one WD, I've had great experience with all of them! I happened to get a bad WD, but judging by USENET, they all seem to have pretty much the same failure rate and they're are all comparable in price; I have no brand preference.

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    faster is not alway better, then what the extra ram for??? I rather have 60gig 5400 rpm then a 45gig 7200 rpm for the same price or 45gig 5400 rpm over 30gig 7200 rpm.
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    Originally posted by grover:
    judging by USENET, they all seem to have pretty much the same failure rate and they're are all comparable in price; I have no brand preference.
    g'luck![/B]
    Ditto to that Grover as I have used many different kind and all have some kind of weakness and strength that made them unique. Saying IBM are the best is just being biased, it most expensive so maybe it a little quieter and a tiny bitsy faster but as for reliability or durability they are all about the same really. I've used WD, Seagate, Maxtor, IBM, Connor, Samsung, Fujitsu, Quantum and all is fine. Maybe some people are just more *****y then other.
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    Just for an additional confirmation, I recently bought an IBM. They've got an excellent reputation, and here in Oz I couldn't find a better price even though I got ATA100, 7200rpm etc.
    The only choice I had to make was what size, and 45G was heaps better value.
    If you can get other drives cheaper, then I guess your decision might be harder.



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    Ditto on the IBM drive but if your really serious, get into Raid 0. It's seriously quick.
    My setup 2x30 gig deskstars with Promise Ultra 100 RAID 0. Clocked at 3.3 times faster I/O than UDMA66.

    Cheers...
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