The access time is somewhat slower than a fixed disk
at somewhere between 240-500 milliseconds.
If there is no one in your building that is familiar with configuring and loading a fixed disk
, you would be ahead to have someone from either the software or hardware company do this work for you.
In the second situation, the maker of a fixed disk
drive for a personal computer chose to subcontract the manufacturing to a company whose factories were adept at precision, high-volume, quick ramp-up products-unlike the company's main factories that were experienced in lower volume minicomputer mass storage products.
Today, it's desirable and justifiable to have one fixed disk
and one removable disk.
To illustrate, almost all of the most common viruses are boot sector viruses - that is, they can only infect the fixed disk
of a computer when that machine is booted from an infected diskette.
The Parallel SCSI Adapter includes peripheral support for CD-ROM, fixed disk
, Bernoulli, Syquest, scanners, optical jukebox, multifunction optical, WORM, Floptical disk, and tape drives.
* a progra menu application (either IBM's Fixed Disk
Organizer or WordPerfect Library) to facilitate user choices
does have its limitations with long-term data.