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Where is this Faster HardDrive
That the faster SATA standards were supposed to allow manufacturers to ship to market?
I wasn't expecting another set of Raptor drives, just something that would stand out from the crowd.
I didn't see anything different from what was available in 7200RPM drives, since they were first available on the market.
The interface of current is SATA2.5, thats 300MB/s. NOT 70MB/s at best!
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Well, I'm in a position to get some more data storage in my workstations. I wasn't expecting another set of Raptor drives, just something bugger that would stand out from the crowd. After looking at most of the review sights out there, I didn't see anything different from what was available in 7200RPM drives, since they were first available on the market.

OK so there is a marginal difference between 16MB and 8MB caches in a hand full of situations, where platter density offsets in others. And both are not combined into a single drive with noticeable interface hardware, to make it stand out from the crowd.

Hard drive manufactures, listen up. Your customers are getting irritated at your lack of improvement over the past five years. The fact that RAM based drives are popping up all over the place, should have been wake up call, number one!

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When people are ready and willing to seriously look at volatile memory to store there vital data, longterm, there is a problem with this industry. Five years ago I made a page called “The Faster Computer”, and Three years ago "Digital Units and Measures". Every computer sector took Our “there customers” strong demands to heart, except the hard drive companies. Western Digital, is arguably excluded from that. An ATA133 Raptor would be nice.

We now have systems in witch the main memory is NOT a bottle neck. We now have expansion slots that don't rely on a fifteen year old bandwidth limit. Our systems have had over 100MB/s hard drive interfaces available to them, for over five years. Why is a two year old Raptor740GD, the only drive to approach Parallel ATA100's bandwidth limit. That has been available for, or better in computers for over, five years!

SATA dose NOT share its link between multiple drives. Get up to date with current bandwidth, industry. The interface of current is SATA2.5, thats 300MB/s. NOT 70MB/s at best!

Want some open to duplicate pointers. More cache, multiple head arms and/or multiple heads on each arm for each side of each plater, RAID stripe the data across each side of multiple platers in the drive. Not enough, put two spindles or more in a drive, they don't half to be three inches across. How about looking into MRAM. It's not imposable to make a 7200RPM spindle spit data out at or better then current interface speeds.

This new orientation in magnetic data, that has been talked about for almost a decade, better deliver significant bandwidth. Or it will be the laughing stock of the industry. No one cares to buy an exponentially bigger and more expensive hard drive, that is not noticeably faster then the cheaper behemoth drives that are already available.

To think I wasted my time researching Seagates 7200.9 series drives, despite my decision that the 7200.7 series, was already the best bang for the buck before knowing the 7200.9 existed. Lacking a standout from the crown performer, larger then eighty gigabytes. Sorry Western Digital, I'm replacing 80GB drives, 74GB is in the wrong direction.

Bottom line for people in the market for a newer, faster drive. If you already have a two year old Raptor740GD, there is nothing faster without moving to RAID and/or SCSI. If you are looking at upgrading from ATA133. you'll only gain air flow, that you could get with round ribbons from Coll Master or other suppliers.

Go for the warranty, size of the drive, and price. They ALL perform no better or worse then the others, regardless of size, or SATA/PATA version supported. The two exceptions are, the crowned performance king Raptor Drives, and the drives with 2MB caches, that should have stayed with under $50 market. If it has 8MB or 16MB of cache, 7200RPM spindle speed, They all perform up to ATA66 speeds, with if it is in cache, bursts up to ATA133 data rates.

And to think, we all flocked to the SATA150 devices with NCQ, for there exceptional potential, that was never delivered up to date.

As for the concept of more RAM, these are workstations, there already decked out, waiting for a hard drive that can keep pace with them.

FYI;  Patrick Schmid, Achim Roos, wrought in THG article "Samsung Adds Capacity to Fast-and-Quiet T133 Series"; Today's drives can't yet beat UltraATA/100's fastest realistic sustained data transfer rate of about 85 MBs.

This tidbit of information puts the Raptor's 151.9MB/s if it is in cache, and 70.3MB/s peek read performance far below ATA100's limits.
I'm not impressed!, Why!? am I not impressed?
My 68pin NON-RAID SCSI drive dose better then this!
Maybe I'm one of those people that cheers on ASCI (accelerated strategic computing initiative), Along with there NEED for ever higher performance storage systems. It's not like I'm a hardcore Gamer. Something has to talk to these supercomputers, and it's not going to be a 486.

BTW, make the SATA2.5 drive sustain threw puts of 133MB/s or more, for less then $200 a peace, and you already have eight of them sold.

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