What is a "cache drive"? - Storage

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  1. What is a "cache drive"?


    From some add on usenet:

    "Maxtor 80GB 8MB Cache Drive $55 at OfficeDepot.com
    Add the Maxtor 80GB 8MB Cache Drive at $99.84, plus some paper clips to
    reach $100 - $15 off $75 coupon code 92923224 [Exp 12/31] - $30 rebate
    [Exp10/4] = $55 with free shipping."

    And do i need one?

    What ever it is couldnt i just stick it into a case with a Firewire
    interface and have a good cheap external drive?

  2. Re: What is a "cache drive"?

    In article <041020031025395139%tmcdanel@NO.iname.SPAM.com>, Terry
    McDanel wrote:

    > From some add on usenet:
    >
    > "Maxtor 80GB 8MB Cache Drive $55 at OfficeDepot.com
    > Add the Maxtor 80GB 8MB Cache Drive at $99.84, plus some paper clips to
    > reach $100 - $15 off $75 coupon code 92923224 [Exp 12/31] - $30 rebate
    > [Exp10/4] = $55 with free shipping."
    >
    > And do i need one?
    >
    > What ever it is couldnt i just stick it into a case with a Firewire
    > interface and have a good cheap external drive?



    The 8mb Cache is a memory cache built into the control card on the
    bottom of the drive.
    It allows faster access on some bits of info.
    In general a drive with a larger cache (like 8mb) will give better
    performance than the same drive with a smaller cache (like 2mb).

    This is especially true as drives get bigger and bigger.

    It used to be that only high speed server drives had large caches, but
    they are appearing in a lot of the new BIG ATA drives.

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