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Old 09-08-2002, 08:07 PM
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At present time, I have a computer with a 40 gig hard drive (my main 'puter). I also have another with a 5 gig, and a 20 gig hard drive. I am now using my 20 gig drive (5400 rpm) for storage of images, etc. I would like to get another hard drive for my main computer to use for image storage and scratch disk (unless there's a problem with this), then use the 20 gig for backup.

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Old 09-08-2002, 09:08 PM
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One of the things I've found to make a huge difference from one drive to another is the amount of cache ram onboard. I think it's Maxtor that currently has a 7200rpm drive with 8meg of onboard ram. It has the suffix "jr" which stands for Jumbo Ram.

It's recently bumped IBM off the lists of at least two magazines editor's choice lists, due to ongoing problems with IBM reliability.
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Old 09-08-2002, 09:22 PM
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Ah, and I thought I knew what I needed to know! Thanks for the tip.

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Old 09-09-2002, 06:09 AM
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Doug, I believe that IBM has sold its storage division. So much for reliability. Too bad because for years IBM had the best hard drives out there.
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Old 09-09-2002, 06:26 AM
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I've moved into the Maxtor camp after a new IBM drive faded away on me.
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Old 09-09-2002, 01:46 PM
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I've always heard IBM drives had a rep for failures...

Doug - Is the onboard ram the same thing as "buffer size"? I'm trying to get all my terms right so I do not seem like a fool
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Old 09-09-2002, 02:49 PM
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We're getting way out of my tech comfort zone here, but I think cache and buffer size are two different things. Or not
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Old 09-16-2002, 07:02 AM
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A couple more questions:

1. What is the difference between a hard drive and a hard drive kit? I see both advertised, but I'm confused. Is it simply the fact that the kit comes with all the physical attachment hardware?

2. I've also become aware of the fact that the Bios on some computers have limitations on allowing the computer to recognize large hard drives. My computer is fairly new (Dell Dimension 4400). Is that something I should be concerned with?

3. If I buy a 60 gig hard drive, it will be enough to store image files and also use the drive as a scratch disk for Photoshop. If I do this, is there a need to make a partition, or somehow make part of the disk only available for the scratch disk?

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Old 09-16-2002, 09:47 AM
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As regards the 'kit' question I always assume it means an IDE/SCSI cable, power cable and possibly brackets so you can put the drive in a 5" bay if your pushed for space.
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Old 09-16-2002, 01:07 PM
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Ed - I'll try to answer a few of those... As long as your computer is fairly new and is running anything above Windows 95, you should not have a problem with large drives.

As far as the partitioning goes, that's exactly what I did with my second drive I just installed. During the installation process you should have an option to partition the drive. If you want to use part of it for Photoshop, I would highly recommend doing so. I have a 40gb drive and partitioned it into 10gb and 30gb areas. I use the 10gb area as the scratch disk and it seems to work very well.
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