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    Seagate Cheetahs ? Are they worth buying?- they fast ?

    Hiya, Im Looking to buy a hardrive, to run windows off.

    A seagate one (i usually go for baracuttas)

    But are Seagate Cheetahs any good? I heard they are fast, so will that make my applications run faster? are they faster compared to the normal seagate hardrives (to run windows off)

    My specs:I have 4gb memory, windows xp, pentium 4)
    - I Wil be using the drive for internet marketing, music, audio, dreamweaver,microsoft word.

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    The Cheetahs run at 10,000 or 15,00 RPM, so can probably seek faster, but would be overkill for a hdd to just run Windows from in my opinion. Most desktop hdds runs at 7,200 RPM which is perfectly fine.

    You would be better upgrading your P4 to a more modern chip before going overboard with such a specialist hdd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by masm50 View Post
    The Cheetahs run at 10,000 or 15,00 RPM, so can probably seek faster, but would be overkill for a hdd to just run Windows from in my opinion. Most desktop hdds runs at 7,200 RPM which is perfectly fine.

    You would be better upgrading your P4 to a more modern chip before going overboard with such a specialist hdd.

    What do you mean by overkill for a hdd to just run Windows from in my opinion

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    I think he meant that you aren't going to see any noticable improvements by running the faster spinning drive.

    Personally, I'm all for faster spindles. Many faster spindles. Especially on database servers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wwb_99 View Post
    I think he meant that you aren't going to see any noticable improvements by running the faster spinning drive.

    Personally, I'm all for faster spindles. Many faster spindles. Especially on database servers.

    why wont i notice improvments by a faster spinning drive?

    i thought thats one thing which speeds up your computer running?

    or answer this:

    WHAT kinda things DOES a faster spinning drive speed up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eyes2005 View Post
    WHAT kinda things DOES a faster spinning drive speed up?
    Let's ponder for a moment what a hard drive is used for.

    Hard drives are used as cheap containers for massive amounts of data. When asked by the OS to get a certain file, the hard drive will supply the requested data as quickly as it can. Inversely, when tasked with storing data, it, again, will do it as fast as it can.

    The faster the platters spin, the more times per second the correct sector of the drive passes the head, the more data can be written in the same amount of time when compared with a slower running drive.

    What this comes down to is that the fastest spinning HDD is still magnitudes of time slower than the slowest SSD (Solid State Drive). Yes, SSDs are expensive, but if you want Windows to load in mere seconds, that's the price you'll need to pay.

    However, the speed of the drive, whether HDD or SSD, will not improve processing related speeds. In other words, a super fast HDD will not improve frame rates, internet speeds, rendering times, or anything else not directly related to loading or storing data.

    i thought thats one thing which speeds up your computer running?
    Computer 'speed' comes from a combination of 3 components: the CPU, the RAM and the mainboard. Yes, your mainboard can drastically affect the performance of the computer, use a cheap one with poor drivers and inefficient bridges, and it won't matter which CPU you use, your performance will stink. The best SSD is still many times slower than RAM, so more RAM is better, up to the limit the OS can handle (which you're already at), though some benefit could be achieved by using faster RAM, if the mainboard can support it. Last is the CPU.

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    I meant that a 7,200 RPM hdd is not really the bottleneck for consumer PC performance for the reasons rushiku said above. If you are needing to access or write massive amounts of data (such as for servers and especially database servers) then the faster spinning drives could be useful, but on a consumer PC the results would be negligible in comparison with an upgraded CPU, RAM or motherboard for most Windows tasks.

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    Get those new SATA 3GB/s Barracudas with 32mb cache and up to 1TB. They still run @ 7200rpm but they should be better.


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