12-30-2011 11:48 AM
I am not sure if I am posting this in the right section.
It is really just a general question about something that confuses me about IDE hard drives. And that is they still get manufacturered and released.
People stil need them as they were about for years so many devices require them during replacements.
But why do hard drive manufacturers use outdate platter technology.
I believe the best platter density any IDE 3.5" offers is 120GB / Platter. Why?
The reason platter density increases is to make the drives cheaper to manufacturer.
Surely a manufacturer would make a killing releasing something like a 500GB / Platter IDE drive. Everyone needing an IDE drive would buy that specific drive.
Yet we currently need to buy hot running, noisy drives for IDE.
I appreciate SATA is the future but even with graphics cards ATI released the 40nm 5xxx series as AGP and that is less of a need than IDE hard drives.
Surely it cannot be that difficult to get a 500GB Seagate drive and as opposed to puting a SATA connector on the rear putting an IDE?
12-30-2011 05:01 PM - edited 12-30-2011 05:04 PM
As you say some still need an IDE drive, but they are outdated.
Size wise I think it either reached it's limit @ 250GB or development cost isn't worth spending on an old format.
Tbh when you get to use anything from a quad core Q processor or newer you won't want to touch a PC that was born before then, my kids Athlon is a XP2700 unit and in it's day it was a good unit, today I just want to chuck the whole PC through the window, it's slow, it doesn't do all it should (probably due to XP) and a lack of memory, I'm in the Q territory at this time and am looking to Sandybridge soon if the deals go the right way, but the difference between the Q and the Athlon is like a Ferrari vs Saloon car and I believe the SB units are 2x as fast as the Q's, so when the day comes and you move into newer stuff you will sit there thinking why oh why did I hang on to this so long, gotta treat yourself now and again
For your next move though should you need storage, try a Sata drive and either use a USB dock or USB external enclosure, USB3 and eSata are the dogs on this method, sadly unless you can get a pci card that is compatible you'll be stuck on slow usb 2 still, eSata is very impressive, 350MB drive to drive in about 15 seconds.