What are the differences between a SCSI hard drive and an IDE hard drive?
A SCSI drive requires an intelligent controller, and uses a "dumb" disk. An IDE disk (integrated drive electronics) has most of the intelligence incorporated on the drive itself. SCSI disks have less CPU overhead, since the controller offloads most of the work from the CPU.
SCSI is normally used in servers, and IDE is normally seen in PC's. SCSI controllers can do RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks), which provides for parity re-generation using surviving disks during a drive failure, to let you keep working even though a disk is broken.
Editor's note: Do you agree with this expert's response? If you have more to share, post it in our Storage Networking discussion forum at --> --> .8DmraOhxbkd^1@.ee83ce4!viewtype=convDate>http://searchstorage.discussions.techtarget.com/WebX?replyToMessage@156.8DmraOhxbkd^1@.ee83ce4!viewtype=convDate
Dig Deeper on Ethernet storage
Related Q&A from Christopher Poelker
SAN expert Chris Poelker compares connecting a SAN with wavelength cabling and dark fiber and discusses the pros and cons of each. Continue Reading
SAN expert Chris Poelker discusses how to change the size of a LUN in a Microsoft cluster server environment. Continue Reading
Storage expert Chris Poelker discusses SATA/SCSI compatibility issues in this expert advice article. Continue Reading
Have a question for an expert?
Please add a title for your question
Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.