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Hd Interfaces

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#1 Gothmog


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Posted 03 March 2006 - 12:02 AM

hello, I'm looking to get a new HD and I want some help with the different interfaces. I currently have one HD on the Primary master IDE channel and that drive interface is listed as Ultra-ATA/100. I have the slave on IDE 0 open, which is where I plan on putting the new HD, one of those big 320GB WD Caviars. I dont know much about SATA drives though and whether I am able to use one or even if I should bother.

I'm not worried about RAID configurations for backup, but I would like the drive to have fast access times since it is so big and I plan on using it for digital video. Is SATA 150 much faster than Ultra-ATA/100?

Also does anyone know the differences btwn the different models? Some of them seem like the only difference is the price, but on closer inspection the warranty is longer so I guess the quality is supposed to be higher?

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Posted 03 March 2006 - 02:11 AM

Ultra-ATA/100 has a transfer rate of 100MB/s while SATA150 has a transfer rate of 150MB/s. Now in harddrives this is irrelevant since the fastest harddrives you'll find can do no more than 70MB/s.

Yes there are big differences between models, in how reliable they are and how fast they perform in different tasks. Best way to find what you're looking for is to head over to something like AnandTech and look at they're storage reviews.
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Posted 03 March 2006 - 03:52 AM

ok that is interesting, so what is the advantage to SATA over IDE? is there any? or is it just a different option.

ill check out AnandTech and see what they say too. thx

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Posted 03 March 2006 - 07:49 AM

Here is an article you may find helpful... http://ezinearticles.com/?ATA-vs-SATA&id=8599
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