WD to debut 10K HD on 2-11

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by peter2002, Feb 7, 2003.

  1. peter2002 macrumors 6502

    Aug 1, 2002
    Dallas, TX
    Here is some great tech news. Western Digital will debut the first "consumer" 10,000 RPM hard drive next week on Feb. 11. "10K" drives have been around for about 5 years, but SCSI only. This new drive uses the new Serial-ATA 150 interface.

    It will be nice when Apple upgrades to Serial ATA. If I'm not mistaken, you can still use this new drive in an Apple's ATA 100 interface. Serial-ATA 150 is backwardly compatible. We will have to wait and see.

    The main advantage to Serial-ATA is power since it uses 3V whereas regular ata always uses 5V. However, the higher bandwidth of 150 megs a second of Serial-ATA is mute since no HD can achieve more than about 50 megs a second.

  2. Megaquad macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2001
    By the time Apple updates to ATA-133, everyone else will be on ATA-200... :rolleyes:
  3. barkmonster macrumors 68020


    Dec 3, 2001
    Serial ATA isn't going to appear on the mac anytime soon I think.

    both the power and interface connectors are different from anything Macs use at present. I don't understand the logic in changing to a non standard power connector but the actual Serial ATA interface appears to be only 2 cables.

    I found this site with some info about it.

    The photo shows Serial ATA connectors to the left and normal ATA connectors to the right.


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  4. yosoyjay macrumors regular

    Nov 20, 2002
    The reason for the new cables is evident in the pictures. Small & Fast Serial Vs. Big & Slow Parallel. .093 Pins are overkill.
  5. daveg5 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 28, 2001
    when and what cost

    i was wondering why my thread did not take we both have the same headline.
  6. Backtothemac macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2002
    San Destin Florida
    Well, the Xserve is ata 133 now. So maybe the desktops are not far off.
  7. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    What does it matter? Current drives can't max out ATA66 anyway.

  8. Megaquad macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2001
    sure they can, search some tests on web and you will see.
    especialy if disks are on the same ata bus.

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