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SATA vs IDE

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Quattro

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Nov 30, 2003
Hi..

You might think this is a pathetic question.

But what is the pros and cons of SATA and IDE.

I'm after a new HD at least 120GB, 8mb Cache, 7200rpm.

Been looking at Maxtor as I know they are good, but so are WD and most companies are good nowadays.

Anyway if you could talk me through whats the difference between SATA and IDE I'd be gratefull.


Also if you want to reccomend me a HD please DO!
 

SavageBasher

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Nov 16, 2003
Location
Northeast PA
SATA
Pros:
thin cable
can hit 150 MB/s theoreticly

Cons:
need different power connector in some cases
need drivers for installing OS
only 2 connectors on most mobos

IDE
Pros:
the best known hard drive interface to date
can have 2 drives per cable
can hit 133 MB/s theoreticly

Cons:
have to setup master/slave
wide ribbon cable or thick round cable
 
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Quattro

Quattro

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Nov 30, 2003
Cool thanks.

So best to keep Windows on an IDE drive and have a SATA drive for my games and downloads?
 

thor17usa

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May 1, 2004
Location
GA
I have read the most people put their OS on the SATA drive because it is much faster. In some cases with the 74GB Raptor at 10,000 RPM, this SATA drive will out perform IDE drives in RAID 0.
 

WheaT

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Feb 26, 2004
Location
Minnesota
My bid deal for sata is the size of the cable. its small and easy to attatch to the MB. Ive always hated the ide cables for thier bulkyness. Im also looking into the ic7 max3 because of the 6 sata ports.. Also helps for airflow.