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Old 3rd April 2012 , 10:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Piano View Post
One other question. I have been looking up hard drives in case i just end up buying my own. Does the size of cache that is has have much bearing on using the PC for music?

What does a bigger sized cache offer me and what should be the size of cache i want?

I would say yes the size of cache on the drive is important. Bigger is better. rpm of the disk is also important. For example the Seagate Barracuda is available at 7200rpm and 64Mb cache. That is much better than a standard drive which could typically be 5400rpm and something like 8 or 16Mb cache.
Having said that, faster rpm drives tend to use more power and produce more noise but drives such as the Western Digital 2TB 3.5" SATA-III 6GB/s Caviar Green Hard Drive - 64MB Cache - WD20EARX have very good transfer speed with large cache and they boast low power and quiet operation. rpm for the WD20EARX is quoted as "IntelliPower" which is WD marketing speak for "the actual rpm is not important if the data transfer is high".
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