King Of IDE: IBM DTLA DeskStar 75GXP
We already reviewed the DTLA five months ago: Fastest IDE Hard Drive Ever: IBM Deskstar 75GXP
So far there is no drive available which would be able of taking the performance crown from it. However, there are some interesting alternatives:
- King Of Capacity: DiamondMax 80
- New IDE Hard Drives at 20 GB per Platter: Fujitsu MPG3409 and Western Digital WD400
The DTLA is very fast, reliable and no rake. Even though it runs at fast 7,200 rpm, the drive does not get very hot and its noise level is also more than just acceptable. Finally, the models at 30 and 45 GB are attractively priced.
|IBM DTLA 307030 DeskStar 75GXP|
|Number Of Platters||2|
|Average Seek Time||8.5 ms|
|Rotation Speed||7,200 rpm|
|Buffer Size||2 MB|
That is the 40-pin IDE interface. Please note that cables used for UltraATA/66 and ATA/100 have 80 pins, even though the connector did not change for years.
IDE means Integrated Drive Electronics. However, there does not seem to be a lot of (discrete) electronics on this one. Both SCSI drives come with a bigger board.