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3mb VS 16mb cache?

post #1 of 19
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ok so im looking to pickup a SATA WD 250GB 7200rpm 16mb cache hard drive this weekend. But i dont know how much of a difference il notice, im getting it simply because my games take along time to load and everytime they stutter my hard drive light blinks insanely. My current hard drive is an emachines stock one that has around 3mb of lousy cache. My question is: will i see a major difference, and is it worth buying?

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post #2 of 19
go with the 16MB, drive will be much faster with read/write access.
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Also I would recommend the Samsung Drives they are fast and decent priced.
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post #4 of 19
You will see a MAJOR difference in read and write times. As for which hard drive, I would get the Seagate 7200.10 with perpendicular writing technology. Great drive, very fast, and reasonably priced.
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post #5 of 19
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I'm buying this one in stores. but wth does perpendicular recording mean??
post #6 of 19
Perpendicular recording simply means there are less parts used in the HDD...Thus can have a longer life.
post #7 of 19
Here is the wiki about it. Basically it allows more data to be written on a smaller piece of the platter, providing higher data density, and lower seek, read, and write times since there is not as much surface area to go over.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bdattilo View Post
Here is the wiki about it. Basically it allows more data to be written on a smaller piece of the platter, providing higher data density, and lower seek, read, and write times since there is not as much surface area to go over.
oh i see, rep+ to both of you.
so should i go with a seagate or wester digital?
post #9 of 19
Maxtor, these drives last 4ever. Fast too, if you get the SATA II.
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Maxtor, these drives last 4ever. Fast too, if you get the SATA II.
Eh, no. Maxtor are known to make extremely bad drives. I've had 3 of them die under in a year.
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