Re: Dumb question: Which is "better" SCSI or IDE disks?

Rik van Riel (
Sat, 5 Dec 1998 16:02:32 +0100 (CET)

On Sat, 5 Dec 1998, Meelis Roos wrote:

> RvR> When there are not too many processes accessing the disk at
> RvR> the same time, IDE is cheaper and thus to be preferred.
> And swapping is a big disk-intensive task in addition to normal
> tasks when you are short of memory...

You can put swap space on IDE disks without performance loss,
however. The trick is to make sure that the disk head doesn't
have to go out of it's way. You can do this by only using the
rest of the disk for streamed data (which is read in large
chunks) and storage.

This isn't as bad as it sounds since systems where MP3s take
up more than 50% of all space are becoming more and more
common each day :)


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