As for your speculation regarding price, it's good to remind ourselves that up until recently, price was a major consideration in choosing PC parts, both for manufacturers and consumers.
Think about it for a moment and you may realize yours is not a sweeping statement of truth, and here’s a few reasons why:Read the ads and the fliers in the Sunday papers.
These major companies are fighting for your dollar, and are doing so by specials and rebates. The results are like holding a can of cat food over a large group of hungry cats, where the cat food is the fliers and the cats are the consumers. Move that bowl of cat food to a different room and you will get followed. Lower it near the floor and they converge on you wedging each other out of the way to get there first. Have someone else hold another can of cat food nearby but not too close and some of the cats will leave and others will vacillate. Those are MOST of the computer consumers.Look at you, Gene.
Comp USA has a sale on two jumbo drives that ends today, and you are going after one of them just like a cool cat.
Another, smaller but growing, group is the builders and upgraders
group. By the time those who have savvy shell out a thousand or so, they have the equivalent of a pc costing often more than twice as much. Still chasing the almighty dollar.
The smallest of the major purchasing groups are those I call the gamers.
THEY will buy for looks and performance, often neglecting wallet impact. This must be those whom you are referring.
I can help you there.
I tried to learn myself the SCSI system. And I was lost after the third paragraph. Which is just as well, 'cause at this stage of the game,
There are a few simple rules to follow and everything else lines up properly.
Careful because this path can leave you still wanting.
one can add a Firewire or USB drive quite easily, as you mentioned.
The caveat here is that one cannot boot off USB or Firewire because 99,99% of the BIOSes aren’t equipped with that provisioning. And the equipment needs be external. The external case costs another c-note to add to the cost of your drive. That’s why I suggested the ultimate was to get a small hyper-speed SCSI for boot and programs, and hang the larger ide stuff off Firewire. Really, USB is not even close to Firewire, I don’t care what you read because much of it is sales hype. And then you are still dealing with the slow IDE access times, etc. Firewire only speeds data transfer across the bus. Spindle speeds and access times remain the same.
As an aside
, 200 and 250 giggers are not too popular yet because most BIOSes don't support hard drives over about 157 or so gigs. Firewire doesn't care how big they are and opens the pipeline to the whole drive -- Woo Hoo!!! Remember, drivers are required for USB [going through BIOS] while there are no drivers for firewire, something to really consider.
People are still not knowledgeable
because Comp USA and other similars still sell quite a few 5400 RPM drives. I can’t figure this one out except for blind budgetary blundering considerations.
Serial ATA competes with 10,000 RPM SCSI
of the same rotation al speed in terms of both speed and price -- not the fastest and SCSI is getting even faster. However, they (fast serial ATA) have either just made it to market or are not here yet. But SCSI is still light years ahead.
The slower serial ATAs just can’t cut it.
Even FASTER, which I have not mentioned, is SCSI RAID.
I’d like to see large solid-state disks because that’s where it’s at!
Always with an even keel.