Originally posted by XT
well obciously he wants to look at how many mb/s the thing can dish out
this is related directly to interface type. the interface is only a standard that measures by maximum MB/sec tranfer speed. hard disk manufacturers do not test actual tranfer rates each HDD perform at. so you can only go by the other specs they list.
i dont think seek time is determines solely by RPM. i would think it has more to do with how fast the armature can move and access data and also by how many platters the HDD contains and the size of the platter.
but even two ata133/w 8MB cache at 8.9ms seek from 2 different manufacturers will yield difference performance. only way to know for sure is testing, but thats going a little far just to pick out a hard disk.
Turbo-Athlon5 that hard disk is fine.