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miket1144

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I am assembling a computer from parts I have on hand. Which is preferable, a 100gb Ultra ATA or 40gb SATA hard drive. I have assembly skills but very poor knowedge of component features. Thanks
 

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Too vague of a question. There's too many other variables other then the interface type. If this was old PATA or old SATA versus a brand new SATA then the brand new SATA drive would be the clear winner. You can download HD Tune and do a health and performance test on each drive and see which one performs better: http://www.hdtune.com/

You can also look up the specs and reviews on each drive, a 5400 RPM drive will be slower then a 7200 RPM drive, but beyond that each manufacturer and series regardless of interface can have advantages over another.
 
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