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dwburman
04-15-2003, 02:10 PM
Does anyone know anything about Serial ATA drives as a viable VT[3] drive alternative? It's probably too early to tell, but I figured someone out there might have some experience or knowledge.

Western Digital has a 39GB 10,000 RPM drive. (http://westerndigital.com/en/products/WD360GD.asp)

There's a review of a Maxtor drive on Toms Hardware (http://www.tomshardware.com/storage/20030314/maxtor-01.html)

LSI makes some SATA cards ... even a 6 channel (http://www.lsilogic.com/products/stor_prod/raid/raidindx.html)

I'm not enough of a tech guy to hypothesize from the specs.

Thanks,
Dana

Paul Lara
04-15-2003, 08:51 PM
Based on past performance, I think you'd do best to investigate the offerings from 3Ware (http://www.3ware.com/products/serial_ata.asp)

It's still not clear yet whether even the 10k RPM IDE drives can match SCSI when it comes to head seek-times. As it stands with most IDE drives, 3 layers of uncompressed is as good as it will get, whether you have 4, 8 or even a 12-drive IDE RAID.

Newtek's policy is still that SCSI is superior