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decisions, decisions, drive upgrade, raptor or atlas 10k?

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It's time for drive upgrade with my new pc i'm building.

Currently, I got a Atlas 10K generation I scsi 9GB and ibm 60gxp 40GB.

I plan on getting Gigabyte GA-8KNXP canterwood board which has the new intel ICH5 south bridge which supports native SATA raid. So, anyway, here's the issue should I get the Western Digital Raptor 36.7GB 10K SATA drive (I'll only purchase 1 right now) or should I get Maxtor Atlas 10K IV scsi drive. I have adaptec 2940U2W scsi card and LSI U160 scsi card.

So what do you guys think?

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If it was my decision, I would:

- sell the Atlas I and the adaptec 2940U2W on ebay or whatever.

- buy a Raptor and try it out...if I didn't like it, I would turn around and sell it and then get the Atlas IV for use with the LSI U160.

- if I liked the Raptor, I would then ditch the LSI on ebay or whatever too.

- in the near future, when SAS SCSI is out, I would consider what's available then...lots of interesting options should be available.

CK

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LOST6200, appreciate the info but been there done that. But, as you see I'm still in a dillemma perhaps someone else will have experience with both etc ... that's why I put the question out there. Sigh ..... :roll:

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The Atlas IV is a very old, slow 7.2K drive. Any modern 7.2K IDE drive would blow it away.

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LOST6200, appreciate the info but been there done that.  But, as you see I'm still in a dillemma perhaps someone else will have experience with both etc ... that's why I put the question out there.  Sigh ..... :roll:

Perhaps you could be more more specific regarding the dilemma. Which is your primary concern: reliability, compatibility, cost, etc.?

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I game, which makes it seem as though the atlas 10K IV is faster, but I do also program on this box, although my linux box is my main programming box, and I run my webserver, ftp, etc on ... it. I would have to say speed is my main concern, and which ever drive I get will be my main drive not my storage drive.

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It is pretty much a toss-up as far as performance goes, but I would get the Atlas 10kIV for three reasons: (1) because I trust SCSI and Quaxtor more than I trust sATA and WD when it comes to 10k drives, (2) you are likely to have fewer headaches with a SCSI solution compared to sATA when it comes to Linux, and (3) you already have a SCSI controller.

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You get 5-year warranty with Raptor too. Canterwood chipset has native SATA, as acadia mentioned. I've understood that the SATA controller in ICH5 doesn't need any drivers for w2k/XP (as the controller is seen as IDE controller). I think that You don't get the SCSI write cache issue with the ICH5/Raptor combo. (Plus, You can probably one day connect the Raptor to a SA-SCSI controller without hassle)

So, I'd put my money on the Raptor, if the assumptions above are correct.

Cheers,

Jan

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If performance is your main criteria, why consider 10K SCSI at all? IMO, 10K SCSI makes a nice, reliable, reasonably fast enterprise drive (where SCSI is already standard), but if you want something for performance, get a seagate 15K.3 or the 15K atlas.

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that's what I was thinking, that's why I would get the wd 360 10K sata drive now, and wait for the atlas 15K drive to become available, I wanted to get the atlas 15k now but it's not available, of course, this would have made the decision easy ;p But, alas, I the dillemma, maybe I should get 1 wdc 360 10k now, wait for the atlas 15k to arrive get one of those and another wdc 360 10k and setup sata raid for storage, and then I can have my 15k as my main drive.

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The seagate 15k.3 is a very decent drive too. I doubt you'll notice any speed difference between it and the 15K maxtor. The seagate will be a little quieter too (good for a personal workstation).

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that's what I was thinking, that's why I would get the wd 360 10K sata drive now, and wait for the atlas 15K drive to become available, I wanted to get the atlas 15k now but it's not available, of course, this would have made the decision easy ;p  But, alas, I the dillemma, maybe I should get 1 wdc 360 10k now, wait for the atlas 15k to arrive get one of those and another wdc 360 10k and setup sata raid for storage, and then I can have my 15k as my main drive.

The new Fujitsu seems to be the fastest 15K drive out there. Slightly noisy but still quieter than the x15-36LP.

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hmmm fujitsu, you say, I don't know ... maybe Maxtor or Quantum kind of one me over my atlas 10k generation 9.1GB drive has been chugging along for nearly 5 years now!!!!!!!!!!! I drive I payed $475 bucks for using money from my first internship, geez ... imagine what $475 could by me now!!!!!!!!!!!

but yeah, this drive, has been flawless .... you know what I mean ... mortal kombat style, flawless victory ... and well I don't know about fujitsu ... I'd hate for it to lead to a fatality ... or like brutality ...

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