"SCSI what? SCSI Wide? SCSI LVD? Ultra 160/320? SAS?
SCSI is a drive interface specification - it has *nothing* to do with drive design per se....
I'll readily agree that enterprise spec drives (basically vibration tolerance - extended feedback of head vs: platter position below it) are desirable, the fact remains that today's sata/sas drives are more reliable than ever."
Read my post again GEEZ, I mean you seem awfully perspicacious to me, but read it again. Also, SCSI is NOT a drive interface specification! There are many different types of SCSI interface and not just for "drives"
And, we in the industry put the SCSI always as the Latter. Low Voltage Differential came out as Ultra 2 SCSI or LVD SCSI. get it?
"Install a couple Raptors or similar fast 10,000 rpm drives or preferably ditch the Mac and go with a PC installing SAS
Don't be fuzzy about installing SCSI. :-) I believe you can get a SAS card for a MAC and install SAS, haven't done it."
Did I mention Wide, Ultra Wide, Ultra2, Ultra3, Ultra 320, Ultra 640, FC, SSA, SSA 40, FC-AL 1GB, FC-AL 2GB,? NO, I didn't, I specifically said SAS
What do YOU call a SCSI drive? There have been many different interfaces over the years. What does the acronym SAS stand for? What's that last word? I have never met anybody in the industry who doesn't refer to a SCSI (any interface) hard drive as such, so if you are just being pugnacious, good for you.! SAS stands for Serial Attached SCSI DUH (vs. the older Parallel)
Yes, I also have SCSI CD Rom / Writers and Scanners, etc. but for this conversation we are talking HDs,
And believe it or not being a SCSI drive does have something to do with the way it is built, per se... (Even if we are talking about just the connector :-) ) And I'll stick by my original comment, SCSI drives are much more reliable than IDE, ATA, SATA (non-SCSI) drives and that is probably the reason why the banking industry uses them as well as a lot of other mission critical applications. I do agree that SCSI drives do fail, all HDs will fail, I stated that before, however as somebody who has used and built (for 1000s of others) countless systems using both SCSI and the non-SCSI variety, I can say unequivocally that SCSI drives are much more reliable. Plextor drives will fail, I haven't had one fail. Crucial memory will fail, I haven't had any go bad. I won't dispute the fact that every mechanical device will eventually fail.. WOW