Muscular Beaver wrote on Sep 1, 2020, 04:25:
I had a RAID0 of them. Pretty fast 15 years ago.
Sold them to a friend and one of them died 2 days later.
They only had such low access times because they were 2.5" drives. 3.5" access times have actually improved in the last 15 years, no matter if large platters or not.
Pretty sure they were 3.5", though they were thin as I recall. The reason they were low access is two fold, one they were 10k drives. Not many SATA 10k drives. That's mostly reserved for enterprise market with SCSI and SAS, because most of the time home users won't pay extra for that. Two, they were short stroked, they cut off part of the platter from access. That's why they were weird sizes, like 72gb instead of 80gb or whatever it was, doing that gives an outsized boost to performance.