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Old 12-21-2006, 05:32 PM   #1
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ok, this is to find out whats going on with hard drives..

I want to know what Parallel ATA, SATA, and IDE
that is, the differences between them..
I was told I can only use an IDE , but accidentally got a parallel.. and it still worked...
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Old 12-21-2006, 08:01 PM   #2
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Parallel ATA and IDE are the same thing. They are the ones with the very wide cables (usually gray). I think the maximum transfer rate is around 133 megabytes per second for these drives. Multiple drives can be connected on each cable. PATA/IDE is also known as simply ATA or Ultra ATA or EIDE. IDE is now becoming obsolete in favor of SATA (for hard drives, most CD/DVD drives still use IDE).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallel_ATA

Serial ATA, or SATA, is the newest technology. It has thinner (about 1 cm) cables that are usually red. The max transfer rate is 300 megabytes per second. Only one drive can be attached to each cable
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_ATA

SCSI is another option that is faster than SATA, but the extra speed isn't really cost-effective.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scsi
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I think Freestyler has it.
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Old 12-21-2006, 10:51 PM   #5
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Its important to know that SATA is soon to release SATA 6gbps (600 MB transfer rate), which would contend with SCSI highest's 640 (rarely on the market, Newegg only has up to 320s).

However, as freestyler pointed out SCSI is way too expensive for the benefits. The only reason to use one is as a "quickdrive," or a smaller 40-50 gb drive that is wicked fast used to put just your operating system on (speeds up overall system performance).
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Don't forget SAS, simply the best drive protocol

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_Attached_SCSI
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Old 12-21-2006, 11:42 PM   #7
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So, and correct me if Im wrong, The processor has nothing to do with knowing which you need when it comes to IDE or SATA? its just depending on what cables you have on the inside?.. and your telling me that I should get SATA (which comes with the MOBO?) because its faster?
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Any CPU will work with any hard drive technology used. It doesn't matter there. It's just a matter of what your motherboard will support. Most likely, every motherboard now comes standard with SATA ports on them. It is faster theoretically at 3gbps (if you're using SATA II).
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the theoretical is the key..i've heard, that the difference isn't much..unless you do alot of movie editing, file-sharing or moving of large files...or even editing of them. Otherwise, don't worry bout it. Get it if you want, or go IDE if you dont...sata cables are smaller, and better for fans
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Old 12-22-2006, 01:18 PM   #10
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ok!, well I guess I got that straight!

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