With the price of IDE hard drives being dirt cheap now a days it is becoming more realistic to own supplementary drives for multiple operating systems, backups, redundancy, additional storage, etcetera. Personally, I've been swapping for years and chose to accommodate multi O/S functionality by separate drives for both Linux and Windows platforms.
I love SCSI Raid systems as much as the next person. However, sometimes you need something a little less costly. I needed to update my test network.
When Seagate brought the new Barracuda 36ES to the market they set their sights on target and scored a bulls eye. The Seagate Barracuda 36ES (ST336737LW) bare internal 36.9GB Ultra160 Wide SCSI hard drive is ideal for those wanting elevated SCSI performance, without the typical lofty pricing.
I recently accuired a Maxtor DiamondMax PLUS-40 30 GB hard drive. These 7,200 RPM drives include Maxtor's unique DualWave twin processor technology for a 10x boost in host command processing speed. Coupled with 2 MB of high speed 100 MHz SDRAM for the cache buffer and an UltraDMA 66 interface, giving DualWave-equipped hard drives superior benchmark performance and maximum throughput.