2MB / 8MB HDD Cache difference ?

  Tinkey Winkey 21:43 28 Sep 04

Looking at 2 identicle 160GB HDDs except that there's a 2MB or 8MB version.

Is it worth spending more for the 8MB version ?

What will the extra 6MB cache allow me to do that the lesser model won't ?

  Djohn 22:13 28 Sep 04

I believe the buffer is the memory chip on the hard drive where information is stored before writing to the drive or reading from it. The bigger the buffer the more data can be held when being written [Same as burning a CD] also data can be accessed or read from this memory chip.

Access to the memory chip for reading/writing is far faster than from the drive itself.

I think I've got that right? Someone will correct if I have misunderstood the function and reason for the capacity of the memory chip on the drive.

  Gaz 25 22:39 28 Sep 04

8Mb model will be faster on frequently opened files.

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