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[ale] EIDE vs SCSI



The issue seems to me to be:

When she gets rid of her current machine, does the drive she's buying right
now go with it?
If so, buy cheap!  If not, ask her the follwing question...

What is she doing that she HAS to have SCSI?
My experience is that SCSI is the way to go on server machines - no doubt.
But the reason primarialy is that with SCSI you can save to multiple disks
(as I understand it) with the same 'write' as far as the bus is concerned -
which has major benefits when it comes to mirroring or higher level RAID.

I use EIDE almost all the time and have seen very little actual trouble with
it.  Is it slower?  Well, maybe, but a single user probably would not notice
it that much unless they are really pumping data - not number-crunching! -
actually pumping data (web serving, database work, etc.)

Hope this helps!
-Matthew Brown
-----Original Message-----
 From: Matt Shade <mshade at mindspring.com>
To: ALE List <ale at cc.gatech.edu>
Date: Tuesday, October 06, 1998 4:52 PM
Subject: [ale] EIDE vs SCSI


>Okay, I know this will start wars, but I'm looking for opinions on Ultra
>DMA EIDE vs SCSI. From what I can tell, the throughput for the new EIDE
>drives is dang close to scsi throughput. A friend is ready to shell out
>a lot o' bucks on a new system and knows she wants scsi throughout, but
>needs a drive now, cheaply, to copy all her stuff to since she's selling
>her computer. She wants a really big drive (9gig plus) and fast. So we
>discussed getting a scsi card and the scsi drive she 'wants'. But the
>expense is greater than she can do right now. So we talked about the new
>EIDE drives that are about as fast, and she can pop it in now to do her
>copying over from her old drive.
>
>She is VERY interested in Linux and plans on partitioning appropriatly.
>Of course, she has to have the obligatory Win9x setup.
>
>I guess my question has to do with 1) any horror stories with EIDE and
>SCSI drives?, and 2) would it be better to just get scsi form the start
>(and why)?
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