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Nobody is going to be able to give you very relevant advice regarding these Terascale drives. I'd be surprised to see if anyone actually has this drive in their own PC. Even when it comes to reliability of Western Digital vs Seagate vs Samsung vs Hitachi vs all the others; it's a crap shoot. One person has great luck with WD while the other doesn't.

I hate to be blunt, but if you're looking for validation after your purchase, then you won't find that here. But you said, this was the only drive in stock, so there is all the validation you need. thumb.gif

Report back on how you like it.

Thanks ill let you know tomorrow ... can you tell me what does cache do for a hard disk ?
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Thanks ill let you know tomorrow ... can you tell me what does cache do for a hard disk ?

Cache is basically the buffer between the hard drive platters and the system itself. It speeds up the time of small data bursts, but doesn't do much at all for applications loading or file transfers.

The idea behind caching is so that the OS can send data to the drive without waiting for it to complete the write operation. For example, if the cache size were 32MB on your hard drive, and if your data consisted of files smaller than 32MB, then the OS could send the data to the drive at a rate limited only by the SATA speed and the performance of the drive's MCU. Larger files would fill the cache and cause the OS to wait for the cache to be emptied, thus reducing any speed benefit.

Simply put, the larger the cache, the larger of a head start you're giving the drive to begin access the platters.
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