Best hard drive for a sonnet tempo trio

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I recently got a sonnet tempo trio on eBay and I will be popping it into my 8600, which is running OS 9.x right now with a 500MHz upgrade card in it.

What is the best IDE hard drive for the money?

I also have an IDE DVD burner I will be adding to the machine. since my CD face plate is already used for a CD drive, I find myself in need of another CD faceplate. If someone has a spare for trade, shoot me a PM.

TIA
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Face Plate

Doug,

If this is a newer style DVD burner, are you sure that the face plate won't have to be modified? Would you be better off modding the existing one?

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oh...

I did not think about that. When I install my Tempo Trio, I will rough fit the DVD with the current CD bezel. When I first picked the drive up in trade some time back, it looked like it would fit, but I never actually mated them up to try.

I could still use the bezel as I have no shortage of CD drives on hand.

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bezels

I've found that on most of the newer CD or DVD drives the tray door is higher than on the standard old Apple drives, so simply cutting off the top bar on the bezel does the trick. On only one drive I've tried was the tray door wider. Since I never use floppies anymore, I use the top bay for either a hard drive or a zip drive. For a hard drive I simply put one of the metal shielding coverings without an opening behind the bezel, and with a zip I make the floppy bezel opening a little large using a dremel tool. Looks pretty nice too.

What's the best drive? Not many EIDE drives to pick from these days. Seagate is as good as any, I'd say. Seagate bought out Maxtor who bought out Quantum, etc. etc. Western Digital seems just as good, some say better, but I've not seen a difference.

Most of my hard drives are drives I pulled out of machines that someone else was throwing away. I pulled a 120GB Maxtor out of a PC a couple days ago. Stuck it in my QS, wrote zeros over it with Disk Utility, ran a surface scan with Techtool Deluxe which found a couple of bad spots, so I did an 8 way random write erase with Disk Utility, got about 1/4 of the way through until my patience wore out (I had left it going overnight), quit Disk Utility (which leaves the unfinished drive unmounted), got the drive back up on my desktop by doing another simple erase, did another surface scan with Techtool, and this time no problems. Guess I hit the right spots with the 8 way random write. Drive hums like new now.

Oh, and one thing about using a PCI controller in an 8600/9600 is finding an ATA cable long enough to reach the drive bays. Some PC towers have long cables, but I used the optical drive cable I pulled out of a dead B&W G3 which was more than long enough. It easily reached all the way up to the top bay in my 9600.

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+1 Seagate *nods* - get one w

+1 Seagate *nods* - get one with 8MB of cache, it's worth the handful of extra bucks.

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