EIDE, or sometimes called simply IDE disks, are the cheapest and lowest end of consumer mass storage devices. What makes them low end? Well for starters, compared to their brethren, they are just slower. I am using slow as a relative term, because it's not like you can move 50 million groups of information every second can you? IDE/EIDE mass storage devices are just plain slow. The drive itself is usually comprised of 6-10 platters (the individual metal discs that hold the data), two heads for each platter, and a spindle speed (speed at which it rotates) set nice and low at either 5400 or 7200 revolutions per minute. Now, this isn't exactly a slow rotation. Can you move your arm in a circle 5400 times in a minute and accurately hit any point on your arm on every revolution? No. But a machine can...
Storage technology guide
Posted on Monday, Jan 08 2007 @ 11:20 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Fast Silicon talks about storage technology, here's the first part of their guide. Here's a short snip: