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Old 13th January, 2009, 03:04 AM
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Question SATA drive + controller or PATA drive on old motherboard?

Folks, please help me decide - I have to replace a old Maxtor 160GB ATA133 drive that is failing SMART.

I have an Epox 8K5A2+ motherboard.

What would the difference be between getting a SATA drive with a PCI controller card vs. a ATA IDE drive for 1) as the primary system partition; 2) as a storage drive.
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Old 13th January, 2009, 04:18 AM
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The most obvious is to get the sata drive so when you upgrade you are one step ahead. IDE is on the way out
This is just a little of what I've learned and a lot of guess work but depend on it that some one who knows more will give you the true facts.
I don't think you are going to loose much throughput speed going thru a controller. The cost of the card is the only draw back that I see.
I could be wrong so wait for a more educated person to jump in before you make any decisions,
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Sounds pretty good to me PorPorMe. If you can afford the SATA controller, go for it, IDE is all but gone. And a spare SATA card can always come in handy.
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I was looking for some fancy fastners and found this. Might be something there you can use.
IDE / Serial ATA (SATA) to USB 2.0 Adapter Cables
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I was looking for some fancy fastners and found this. Might be something there you can use.
IDE / Serial ATA (SATA) to USB 2.0 Adapter Cables
What's he gonna use that for? His primary system drive?

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Thanks for the input guys.

PorPorMe, I guess you were suggesting that I could use my old IDE drives in an enclosure or via adapter cables as a storage device in the future?

I will look into getting a controller card and begin the move to SATA.
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If the drive is failing as you said, it's probably not a good idea to consider using it at all. SATA is the best move. Many of the current boards, including my main rig, have only one IDE controller for two devices, intended for optical drives. Even those are moving to SATA-they are faster and more reliable. I don't even use the IDE controller. I switched it off in the BIOS, and got SATA optical drives.
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