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 Post subject: Seagate Barracuda v ATA(IDE) interface with 8mb of cache
PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2003 7:28 am 

Joined: Thu Jan 16, 2003 8:26 am
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This came from seagate customer service.

You ask " Does Seagate have any plans to release any ATA(IDE) dirves
8MB of cache.?"

The ST3120024A has 8 MB cache, there are none available on the web.

I wish we could explain why there are over 800 in inventory at Synnex:
800-756-9888 but none anywhere else.
1101SGT-ST3120024A 120GB with 8mb cache, 7200rpm, Ultra ATA
Qty 889

Thank you for your inquiry. We appreciate your consideration of
products for your storage solutions.

Richard D.
Disc Presales

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2003 10:53 am 

Joined: Sun Jan 19, 2003 4:47 am
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how bizare!

Going slightly OT but I'm wondering why HDDs only have a few megs of cache anyway with ram so inexpensive. Sure, I understand the argument that a larger cache makes for bigger search times, but even a HUGE cache in RAM is going to be a lot faster than reading from a platter.

Myabe I'm missing an impotant point - by my understanding the HDD's cache stores frequently read data in a look up table so the next time the controler asks for it there's no need to read the drive. Why not a 32meg cache, or more?


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