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Old 9th September, 2004, 07:48 AM
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sata or ide?

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i am getting ready to get a new hard drive for my up and coming dedicated folder(decided a 3 gig wont cut it ) and dont know witch way to go. i would like to try the "new" sata drives but am somewhat confused. i wont be doing a raid setup but it seems like everywhere i look it says i need a flopy disk to install the drivers, now this isnt a problem but will i be able to boot from a single sata drive? as this will be the only drive in the system.
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Old 9th September, 2004, 07:57 AM
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You will be able to boot from the SATA drive. You only need the floppy to install the drivers during the OS install. Or, you could check out this thread:

Installing nForce drivers with Windows.
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Old 9th September, 2004, 07:59 AM
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The only problem with Sata is that most motherbourds that support it don't come cheap.
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Old 9th September, 2004, 08:17 AM
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thanks

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as long as i know it will boot from the single sata i think i will order one, now... i am kinda partial to maxtor drives but was thinking of giving seagate a spin because of thier 5 year warrenty. dose anyone know if seagates are worth a "hoot"?(pun intended, and if you dont know what i am talking about look at hoot hoot in the jokes.)
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Old 9th September, 2004, 11:51 AM
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I have Seagate instead of Maxtor and that is because we send more Maxtor back for RMA than Seagate.
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Old 9th September, 2004, 12:28 PM
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I'm only using WD hard drives in my own rigs. They are fast and reliable. I've put lots of computers together with Maxtor as well, those are also ok, but I still prefer WD any day.
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Old 9th September, 2004, 01:39 PM
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I have 2 160GB Sata Seagates. I have had no problem with them.

I've only really used Seagate TBH. I find them very reliable and I'm sure you'll get 5 years from them easy.
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Western digital have a great write up, as allen mentions. The western digital raptors are simply amazing but dont suit every budget. If you got the money their worth a wirll
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The only problem with Sata is that most motherbourds that support it don't come cheap.

Mine was - SATA RAID and only cost £35...
It's a Soltek KT 600 based board.
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