by January 2, 1999 0 comments

harddisk.jpg (11735 bytes)The
standard way we look at hard disks is: the bigger the better.

Not always. Sure, you do need a
large-enough hard disk, but that alone doesn’t guarantee performance. More than the
disk’s capacity, its speed determines how fast your computer works.

Large but slow hard disks can make
your computing life a real misery. Settling for a smaller but faster disk is always a
better bet. That said, what is the smallest hard disk that you can use?

1 GB hard disks are no longer made;
2.1 GB is passe, though you can still get some. Today’s entry level is 4 GB and 5,400
RPM.

IDE hard disks are now fast enough for
most of your work. If you do real-time multimedia work or lots of 3D graphics, then you
may need SCSI.

Normally you would have two IDE
interfaces on your motherboard, each of which can take two devices. So, you can add a
maximum of four hard disks (or hard disks and IDE CD-ROM drives). The first drive
connected to either interface is called the primary and the second one (connected on the
same cable) is called the slave. You use jumpers on the hard disks and CD-ROM drives to
select which is the primary and which the slave.

The normal practice is to set up the hard disk from
which you boot up, as your primary master, and your CD-ROM drive connects to the same
cable as the primary slave. 

Model Capacity RPM Price (Rs) Vendor

Seagate Medallist 4321

4.3 GB

5,400

7,500

ACI Computers

Seagate Medallist 6531

6.5 GB

5,400

9,300

ACI Computers

Seagate Medallist 8641

8.6 GB

5,400

10,800

ACI Computers

Seagate Medallist 10240

10.2 GB

5,400

12,500

ACI Computers

Samsung SW0434A

4.3 GB

5,400

6,600

Classic Computers

Quantum Fireball 3200 AT

3.2 GB

5,400

6,175

Pertech Innovations

Quantum Fireball 5100 AT

5.1 GB

5,400

7,800

Pertech Innovations

Quantum Fireball 6400 AT

6.4 GB

5,400

8,175

Pertech Innovations

Quantum Fireball 7650 AT

7.6 GB

5,400

9,500

Pertech Innovations

Quantum Fireball 10200 AT 10.

2 GB

5,400

11,500

Pertech Innovations

Quantum Fireball 12700 AT 12. 7 GB 5,400 13,500 Pertech Innovations

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