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December 31, 2003 12:22:07 AM

Where the hell are the 40GB 7200 rpm SATA hard drives.

Are they going to be produced or do the producers want us to pay more- make more money if we buy the 80GB SATA H/D's.


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December 31, 2003 3:55:38 AM

seems like most people who are willing to pay the price premium for sata would be buying more than 40gb
January 4, 2004 3:55:01 PM

In most cases it's cheaper to buy the larger HD then a smaller one. Deponds on the size. I know I just bought a WD Caviar SE Serial ATA 120 GB SATA 8MB Cache. And I love it. Tho I wish MS would realize a lot of people are tired of Floppys.

Only set me back $150 CDN. And was only 10 more then the EIDE version of it.
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January 4, 2004 7:29:25 PM

The closest thing (sizewise, at least) is a Raptor.

No reason to not get an 80GB drive, they're usually faster, only a little bit more expensive, and have double the storage.

Damn Rambus.
January 5, 2004 3:01:15 AM

SATA is more of a high-end PC feature so I wouldn't think companies would waste time designing SATA models for the smaller drives. At least this seems to be the marketing theory on the Western Digital website.
January 5, 2004 11:00:56 AM

I thought that lesser storage = faster access times.
Since it wouldn't have to search for every sectors of the disks.

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January 5, 2004 11:41:56 AM

Yeh but if you want faster access times just partition a 80Gb it to 2x40gb partitions.

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January 5, 2004 6:50:50 PM

higher data density = faster access times (why 250GB drives are so fast)
more platters = faster access time (one of the reasons why the 74GB raptor is faster than the 36.7GB raptor)

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