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    Fry's Electronics: 160GB, 8MB cache, $119 after rebates

    If you have a fry's nearby:

    They have the 160GB WD1600, the one with the 8MB buffer for $259, minus $140 in rebates!! (2 rebates, 60$ + 80$) That's only $119 for a 160GB, 7200RPM, Fluid Bearing drive.

    If you don't have a fry's nearby you can still go to their website: www.frys.com and buy one from their online reseller outpost, but it is 20$ more from them (139$ after the rebates.)

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    This is a great deal. I just got one at the Austin Fry's.. (probably about 30 left on the pallet)

    It's the Special Edition 8mb cache one. Model: WD1600JBRTL

    This part comes with a FREE Ultra ATA controller inside. (says that's a $50 value) This controller allows your system to break the 137 GB barrier. (it's a PCI controller card)

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    Well, I have it installed finally.. You have to force XP to use the driver that comes on a floppy for the IDE controller.. I found a KB article on support.wdc.com that showed me how to do that.

    I was under the impression that this would be 160GB formatted.. but it looks like it's just gonna be 152.625GB. WD equates 1 gig to be 1,000,000,000 bytes, which is kinda screwy, but whatever.

    Also, it looks like it came with up to date firmware on the IDE controller and an up to date driver on the floppy. Dated December 2002!

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    hi kyoo,
    U said it has controller card inside it. How many IDE ports does the card has ? What I mean is, Can Raid be done with that card. Also can anyone knows, if we can have raid with two different capacities drives. I have a 120GB.
    Your information will be helpful.
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    I am not sure if that card has raid on it or what you can setup for software raid, but here are some rules about raid:

    Raid0 (striped) - faster access, no redundancy
    - you can use any drive sizes you want

    Raid1 (mirrored) - completed mirrored backup, no gain in speed
    - using 2 drives of the same size is recommended here. Any additional space on either of the drives will not be included in the raid.

    Raid5 - minimum of 3 drives. Gains in speed and redundancy.
    - Again it is recommended that you use drives of equal size, but any additional space should be able to be partitioned, used, but would not be part of the raid device.

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    the IDE controller has primary and secondary channels on the controller.. each channel can have a master and a slave, obviously.. the box contains only ONE IDE cable which has both master and slave connectors on it.

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    "This controller allows your system to break the 137 GB barrier. "

    What system? XP ?

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    Many current motherboards have a HARDWARE limitation of 32bit addressing on them. The included pci controller will allow you to get around that problem.

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    outpost.com is another of Frys websites.

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