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access time

the amount of time required for a computer to retrieve data from its disk drive.
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We see that yet again as we go through multiple runs the read speeds and access times improve.
Comparing previous methods with this new technology, all access times for all data in periods of normal access were set against an average.
The first drives had 900-to 1,000-ms access time (and IBM's entry to the field was via a drive with a pathetically high 1,500-ms access time and a ridiculous price tag of $1,200).
Known as a leader in speed with a 280 millisecond access time in the M Series of CD-ROM readers, NEC has raised the bar by arming its new readers with unique MultiSpin technology and additional safety and upgradability features.
Yet every bit of it is completely available to end users through their normal file browse and search utilities with remarkably short file access times that range from less than a second to about a minute.
This leaves a major access time gap between online disk with access times in the range of ten to twenty ms.
I do have some concerns because capacities are increasing faster than access times and I wonder how much data ought to hang out on a single spindle.

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