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Subject: Re: Fw: Creative Labs Zen Xtra

Re: Fw: Creative Labs Zen Xtra

From: Björn Stenberg <>
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2004 10:58:31 +0100

Dermot Bradley wrote:
> I can see Fujitsu (4200rpm, 2Mb cache) and Hitachi/IBM (5400rpm, 8Mb
> cache) 80Gbdrives and also a Fujitsu (4200rpm, 8Mb cache) 100Gb unit.
> The 100Gb drive is 1 1/3 times the cost of the 80Gb drives so I'll opt for
> 80Gb. Any comments regarding the pro/cons of the spin rates - I'd assume a
> slower spin rate would use less battery power but is 4200rpm fast enough
> for an Archos playing VBR (lame -extreme) MP3 files (especially as the
> cache is smaller)?

All disks are fast enough. Buy the slowest disk with the least cache == the cheapest. Higher spin rate only means longer spinup time and more power drain, and a big cache is wasted since it's emptied every time we spin down the disk.

Received on 2004-12-14

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