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Old 12-11-2003, 03:47 AM   #1
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New HDD For Linux Install

I'm going to buy either a:



Maxor SATA drive the last time I installed LINUX it was possible to get it to work with SATA but it wasn't that easy and I certainly had problems getting the best performance out of it.

However the SATA may be more "future-proofed" (ha ha ha!)

So which would you get? The drive is going to be 50% shared data and 50% Linux native.

Old 12-11-2003, 05:42 AM   #2
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I suggest you:

a) don't get a Maxtor. They seem to be having serious quality problems, both with traditional ATA disks and SATA ones. Buy Seagate or Hitachi instead.

b) don't get a SATA drive. The drivers for SATA controllers in Linux are not very mature and often the disks perform much worse than a traditional (parallell) ATA drives. As for being "future-proofed" - I don't see anyone just dropping parallell ATA support any time soon. If you want performance and reliability, go SCSI instead.

Old 12-11-2003, 05:54 PM   #3
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I have a PATA Maxtor Diamondplus 9 at the moment and it is very good. No problems with it. Not so much as a lost allocation unit!



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