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Old 14th December, 2005, 02:23 AM
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Sata

I'm getting confused with Sata. Does using an Sata 3.0Gbs cable mean you don't need to hook it through and IDE cable? Im really confused.
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Old 14th December, 2005, 02:33 AM
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SATA is SATA, (P)ATA is IDE. Never the twain shall meet, AFAIK.
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SATA is basically a competing method for connecting hard disks. The connectors are completely different - a SATA hard disk has a 7 pin data connector. An IDE hard disk has a 40 pin data connector.
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Old 14th December, 2005, 09:44 PM
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ahh thanks. also which is better average SATA vs average IDE
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SATA is faster.
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Old 15th December, 2005, 01:01 AM
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SATA 1, or 150, is a bit faster than ATA-133. SATA 2 is a definite improvement over all IDE-also known as (P)ATA interfaces. Insist on SATA 2, if you can find a mainboard that puts it out and a hard drive that accepts it.
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Old 15th December, 2005, 03:20 AM
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can you give me a link to an SATA 2 HDD?
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822145087
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The SATA interface is faster than IDE, but that doesn't necessarily translate into faster hard disks. Some of the SATA drives are pretty much the same speed as their IDE versions. However, some of the SATA 1 capable VIA chipsets have problems trying to talk to SATA 2 disks - they confuse the disk into thinking it's talking to a SATA 2 controller, but the chipset can't talk SATA 2. Result is that the motherboard can't see the drives!

Storage Review do some good benchmarks that can give you an idea of how disks perform.
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I have an SATA 2 in my computer but it still registers it as "found new harwere" is this normal?
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When you add a new hard disk, it'll come up as new hardware - although you already have the SATA interface, you didn't have anything connected to the other end!
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Sata is an interface - sort of like a power socket in your wall, now if you dont plug anything into a wall socket, nothing happens, and the electricity company dont charge you. Untill you plug something in and draw power.

So when you have a sata socket and nothing plugged in the other end, then windows doesn't "charge" you untill you plug something in and send data back and forth

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'Cos I don't!
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well it says it found my HDD which is really confusing me.
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What's the problem then?
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should it always say that?
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SATA drives are considered to be hotpluggable, so the OS considers them to be removable in most cases.
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