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Sata Vs Pata


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#1 luciusad2004

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Posted 30 August 2006 - 06:47 PM

I was browsing around on Newegg today and looking at Dvd drives and whatnot but i noticed that it seems as though there are very few drives wich use Sata. It seems Sata has become prefered for Hard drives but not disk drives. Is there any reason for this? Should i avoid Sata when selecting a Dvd drive?

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Posted 30 August 2006 - 08:46 PM

What is a SATA dvd drive? Can you provide a link?
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Posted 30 August 2006 - 10:17 PM

These

They are just DVD drives, but they connect to the motherboard via Serial ATA cables instead of the typical Parallel(spelling?) ATA ribbons.

sry if i worded my other post wrong. Im not good at explaining things.

Alot of newer hard drives use SATA to connect to the mother board. Like these

Its supposed to offer faster data transfer speeds than PATA (IDE) cables.

I was asking why these arent commonly used in DVD/CD drives.
I found a couple (The ones in the first link), but i thought maybe there was a reason they havent been widely accepted.

Basicaly i wanted to know if i should stick with a PATA (IDE) interface or look for a drive that utilizes SATA.

Hope that helped.
Sorry if i didnt explain it well enough.

Thanks for any and all help.

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Posted 31 August 2006 - 03:19 AM

No, there is nothing wrong with SATA optical drives. They just haven't caught on yet, because SATA offers no advantages over PATA for optical drives. But they will start showing up more because the PATA connectors are disappearing from motherboards. Intel are pushing hard för everyone to adopt STAT. Their latest chipset doesn't even have any PATA ports.
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