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Quickest Most reliable Ultra160 Scsi Drive

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I am after the quickest Ultra160 scsi drive for my workstation, it has to be reliable and the answer has to be
from someone who has the actual drive and uses it all the time.

Seek Times need to be <4ms And it needs to be around 30-40 gb big.
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I have used a fujitsu The MAM3184MP With Ultra160 and 15,000 rpm

It has a seek time of 3.5 ms and i have a 36 gig variety. This drive is superb and
has been more than reliable for the last two years with no bad sectors or issues.
It is a very quiet drive for 15k rpm !

pls read http://www.tomshardware.com/storage/20020415/index.html

george
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EVERY drive has a failure rate.  You can buy the best product in the world, but some percentage of them will fail and you could be the lucky one to get it.  I've used LOTS of SCSI u160 and u320 drives (I worked in an environment where every one of 30 servers had SCSI drives and there 8 devices that held 14 SCSI drives each.  Some were Western Digital, some were Quantum/Maxtor, some were Fujitsu, some were Seagate, etc.  I've seen EVERY single brand fail.  Never did a study of which one failed more - off hand, I'm inclined to say Fujitsu and Seagate - but that may have been because we had more of them.  SCSI is generally VERY reliable.  Any drive you're going to get is going to have a better likelihood of staying alive longer than any IDE.  If you want to be safe, the only way is to do backups.  If you want an added level of protection, then buy 2+ SCSI drives and setup a mirror or RAID 5.
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Ive used the above harddrive on two of my machines both for over two years of intensive workstation gfx work. One at home one at work. They are used company wide for the same purpose, the answer i am giving is for workstation use. which never uses raid !

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it has to be said that im looking for workstation purposes. After reading the review on tomshardware im pretty much convinced this is the best drive for uber response and seek times that im looking for.  There is also special offer on the 18 gb version, which is even more enticing.

thanks george

James
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