View Full Version : IBM Deskstar 120GXP as a 2nd Drive?

03-22-2002, 04:15 AM
Will this drive work in a DP 1ghz Quicksilver as the second IDE drive?
Will this drive be ok for DV video or do I need an ATA100 or 133 raid card?

[This message has been edited by Roger (edited 22 March 2002).]

[This message has been edited by Roger (edited 22 March 2002).]

03-22-2002, 08:57 AM
I can't comment on the DV aspect but any IDE drive will work fine - I have a couple of machines around (DA 533 / Yikes 350->500 / QS733) with slave IDE drives. All I did was basically open the box, bolt it on and reboot.

Info on the ATA cards - you might want to check xlr8yourmac's drive database for more info.


03-22-2002, 01:51 PM
I have tested the 120GXP pretty thoroughly. With the Acard 6880M Hard RAID card, I am running 2x 120GXP HardRAID in my G4-800DP as my boot drive for both OS9.2.2 and 10.1.3. I am not into DV but Acard has an AV Optimizer which slows the drives down but Acard says it would/might only be needed for vintage Macs. I did try the AV Optimizer and it works/slows when you activate it until the next reboot or shutdown/startup. Then back to FAST automatically. Works very nicely.

ATTO EPTools 8MB test, Sample Size 2, no System Disk Cache, various configurations, OS9.2.2:
QS/800DP, 1x120GXP/ATA66int bus/AppleDriver PR-61.78, SR-46.01, PW-59.61, SW-46.05
QS/800DP, 1x120GXP/Acard6880M/AppleDriver PR-94.55, SR-45.53, PW-83.97, SW-46.1
QS/800DP 2x120GXP/Acard HardRAID0/AppleDriver PR-122.84, SR-88.33, PW-110.34, SW-92.55

Notice that the 120GXP works fast on the internal ATA/66 bus, but with a faster PCI card ATA/100 or ATA/133, burst transactions are significantly higher. That may not seem important, but it does make a difference in MacBench 5.

MB5, same configurations:
1x120GXP/ATA66int bus, Disk-3241, Pub Disk-2646
1x120GXP/Acard6880M, Disk-3371, Pub Disk-2813
2x120GXP/Acard HardRAID0, Disk-3762, Pub Disk-3221


03-22-2002, 02:24 PM
I'm mainly worried about the sustained read from the drive. You have answered my question with a great deal of information and I appreciate it.
Thank you.