Modern IDE Drives

Modern IDE Drives

I consider an IDE disc drive to be modern if it has a capacity beyond the 2.5Gb threshold. These drives often comply to the ATA-3 and up standards.

Quantum Fireball EX 4.3AT

Quantum Fireball EX 4.3AT

In my opinion, this is one the best Fireball series disc drive. I became attached to Quantum disc drives somewhere back in 1995 when I first had the beautiful Quantum ProDrive LP-52s 50Mb SCSI drive. Then, back in 1998 or so, I had my first 2.5Gb Quantum Fireball drive. It was instant love. I can name only 2 other drives that I had the same feelings for: the Seagate ST-351A/X and the Western Digital Red 2Tb. For me the 2.5Gb Fireball disc was a gigantic step forward from the old 340Mb Western Digital 2340 drive I previously had back then. I began having space for all my programs without having to periodically delete games and software that I wasn't using.

It was that drive started my passion for the Fireball series. Unfortunately I don't remember what I did with it after it became obsolete. Some time ago in 2012, I wanted to reiterate my memories so I went ahead and bought this 4.3Gb Fireball EX. The original one I had was an EL series.

This drive has 2 platters and 3 heads! Interesting enough. This makes me think that capacity per platter is 2.86Gb.

When you hold one of these in your hand, it just screams: quality. This is one of my all time favorite disc drives. If I'll have the chance I will collect more of them.

TECHNICAL DATA

CAPACITY: 4.31Gb
ACTUATOR TYPE: VOICE COIL
DISCS: 2
MEDIA TYPE: THIN FILM
RECORDING METHOD: ?
RPM: 5.400 rpm
INTERFACE: ATA-3 (IDE mode 4)
AVERAGE ACCESS: 10ms

Western Digital Red 2Tb

Western Digital Red 2Tb

This is a modern disc drive, by all means. NAS storage, SATA-3 interface, and 64M cache can only mean a true performer. Disregard the average access time. This disc outputs more than 140Mb/sec in read mode. And the figures remain about the same in write mode.

Originally I wanted five of them for my LACIE 5big Network 2 NAS device. But I ended up buying only two. I have mounted them in RAID-1 which means that I can only use 2Tb from a total of 4. I haven't managed to fill them up, yet. So there's no need to buy more for the moment. However, as technology advances, these could become scarce in a short while. I need to think about this and stock up. The problem is the cost. These don't come cheap and I have other priorities at the moment.

TECHNICAL DATA

CAPACITY: 2Tb
ACTUATOR TYPE: VOICE COIL
DISCS: 2
MEDIA TYPE: THIN FILM
RECORDING METHOD: ?
RPM: 5.400 rpm (IntelliPower)
INTERFACE: SATA-3
AVERAGE ACCESS: 22.71ms