2mb cache or 8mb cache?

  User-6355CE8D-1E97-4543-833893AA7598EA5F 22:13 05 Jan 2004
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2mb cache 120gb hard drive £99.99
8mb cache 80gb hard drive £99.99
What is the difference and is it going to benefit me getting a drive with an 8mb cache?
The one I have at the minute is a 120gb 2mb cache.

  DieSse 22:21 05 Jan 2004

It's like many of these things - it all depends. An 8Mb cache would be faster in some circumstances - and little different in others.

Hard drives are all pretty efficient these days, personally I would go for more capacity. Though at thse sort of sizes I couldn't find anything to fill them anyway!!!

  Djohn 22:23 05 Jan 2004

Yes, the bigger the cache the better. Faster data transfer, less read/write to the hard drive so speeds up your system slightly.

  powerless 22:27 05 Jan 2004

"less read/write to the hard drive"

Errrr I think your are wrong with that one Djohn :-(

If there was less write your files woulbnt be written and you'd only have half a picture of J-Lo on the screen when the file is being read.

Should have stated what I have on my hard drive at the moment...120gb partioned into 3..51.7 for films,51.0 for music and 11.7 for c...

  Djohn 22:39 05 Jan 2004

My apologies, I was under the impression that the cache held the data, sort of like a buffer and only collected or disposed to the actual drive when full or on exiting the application. Ah! well back to school! :o(

  powerless 22:50 05 Jan 2004

No your Write [ ;-)) ] I think.

  Mike574 22:51 05 Jan 2004

Is it only me or do both those hard drives seem a bit on the expensive side? I've seen 80 Gb 8 Mb cache hdd for £55 on scan.

  Mike574 22:51 05 Jan 2004

Is it only me or do both those hard drives seem a bit on the expensive side? I've seen 80 Gb 8 Mb cache hdd for £55 on scan.

  Mike574 22:52 05 Jan 2004

Oops.. Finger trouble.

maxtor,pcworld website.

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