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Old 11-03-2004, 07:52 PM   #1
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I am going to buy a hard drive soon, I was wondering if SATA is really that much better than IDE. I heard SATA has a faster transfer rate. Is there any noticeable difference?

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SATA is the direction that PC's are evolving to. At present they don't offer that much improvement. Max burst rate is 150Mbps versus 133 for the IDE bus with 300's due out soon with 600Mpbs versions planned.

I would say get the SATA if your board supports it. They use different connections and therefore have more manageable cables.

I have my OS and application programs loaded to a SATA drive and haven't noticed an improvement in speed but that is understandable. I doubt that any human in day to day operation can tell a difference between 133 and 150Mbps burst rate. These figures come from bench marks supplied by the industry.
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The problem with PATA (IDE) is the speed. PATA is toped out a 133Mb/PS. The reason behind this is the faster the transfer speed, the more likely you will have crosstalk on the parallel cable and this will give you data curruption. 80 wire cable has seem to suppress crosstalk but that has maxed out at the 133 speed. With the more technical advancements, larger drives and huge programs, PATA is not going to work in the future. This is the reasoning behind SATA. It is capible of speeds up to 600Mb/PS. Plus you will not have as much data curruption.
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For today's disks, there is no difference in either apparent or real speed. Either interface is faster than any of the current IDE drives. In the future, SATA will win the race, since it's a cleaner interface with simpler wiring, not to mention the greater speed potential.
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So right now it doesn't make much of a difference what I get, just as long as I know that in the horizon of tomorrow SATA will reign supreme.
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That's pretty much my opinion.
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You will start noticing Optical drives are now being offered with SATA connections. Also the newer Intel chipsets (915,925) only have only a single IDE controller with a single IDE connection and 4 SATA connections.
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Whats an optical drive?
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Optical drive = CD ROM, DVD ROM, CD RW drive, DVD RW drive, a drive that uses a laser to read and/or write data.

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