Upgrading early BIOS
arcarlini at iee.org
Sat Aug 16 15:47:41 CDT 2008
Eric J Korpela wrote:
> 4. For disks IDE was (and still is) half the price for the same
> drive with a different controller.
This is only partly true. Although the drives are substantially the
same, I'm told (by people who used to work for disk manufacturers)
that they effectively "sail closer to the wind" with the IDE drives.
Every penny saved there really makes a difference to what is (in
essence) a cost conscious audience. If you are buying SCSI you
are more likely to be an enterprise so if your disk dies prematurely
that's more than just one lost sale. (The same is true of FC, only
even more so).
My main buying criterion these days (once I've decided on capacity
and perhaps approximate speed) is the length of the guarantee
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