Re: Hard Drive Purchase (Urgent!)
Take a look at access times and rpm. The faster the rpm and lower the access time, the faster the hard drive.
I'd say there's little difference other than the interface. SATA is easier to install than IDE, but the performance gain is only noticeable in certain tasks.
Windows XP Pro 17" LCD Monitor (1280 x 1024)
nForce3 250 Chipset Athlon 64 2800+ w/ C'n'Q
1 x 512MB DDR400 CL3 SDRAM 40GB IDE 7,200rpm HDD (8MB Cache)
nVidia GeForce MX420 64MB PCI On-Board Audio