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How much better is SATA over IDE?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Eleutherios, Jul 1, 2007.

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  1. Eleutherios

    Eleutherios Thread Starter

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    Hi. I'm getting a SATA drive soon and I was wondering, should I install Windows XP on it and run the OS from that HDD? I've heard SATA has superior performance, so I figure that it would make my system run faster. Does anyone know if I can expect a speed increase?

    Here's the stats on my current drive and my new drive:

    Current:
    Maxtor 200GB 7200 RPM
    2MB/8MB Cache
    IDE

    New:
    Seagate 500GB 7200RPM
    16MB Buffer
    SATA
     
  2. frankjohn

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    first off does your MB accept SATA [connections that is]
     
  3. Eleutherios

    Eleutherios Thread Starter

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    Yep. :p I wouldn't have bought it if I couldn't use it.
     
  4. norton850

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    Since you are buying a new drive no reason not to get a SATA. I doubt you will notice any speed increase as far as comparing the old IDE and new SATA based on the interface alone. The larger cache size will make a difference.
     
  5. Noyb

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    Looks like your new drive is a SATA300 ... Your Mobo support SATA300 speeds ??
    I'd say YES ... (on some things) ...
    But when I got my faster SATA300s ... I installed them anyway ... Why not ??
    Didn't run any tests to see if faster ... But I only upgraded from SATA150s

    You could get one of these to go with your Mobo SATA ports ....
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817424001
    Then you could Boot to it Externally ... or clone to it .. Now that's an advantage.
    I can't tell any speed difference .. Internally or Externally.
     
  6. MaverickUK

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    The only real noticable difference between the two are the interfaces and the fact that SATA allows for more air circulation as compared to it's IDE counter-part. Technically, the speeds are some-what differential but you wont actually notice the improvement of performace - either way, SATA is future-proof and does have a few advantages.
     
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