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Old 08-24-2004, 02:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey i got a could questions about harddrives.

1. Whats the difference between SATA and IDE?
2. Which one is better a SATA or IDE?
3. I've noticed that most of the hard drives on newegg.com are OEM drive only. Is it okay to buy a drive like that or is it better to purchase a retail drive?

If someone could help me out with these questions it would be greatly apreciated.


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Old 08-24-2004, 02:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Also I've noticed that the OEM drives have a 3 year warranty while the retail has only 1 year

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Old 08-24-2004, 02:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You should buy the SATA drives if you motherboard supports SATA devises. OEM comes from the orginal manufacturer and therefore carries a longer warranty. (I think)
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Old 08-24-2004, 03:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the reply.

Also a quick question about memory. Whats Cas Latency?
Like this:




The cas latency is different on those two? Is one better than the other?
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Old 08-24-2004, 03:08 PM   #5 (permalink)
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SATA is newer technologie and faster than IDE drives. SATA uses different cables and your mobo needs to support it like Nikkon said. SATA reaches speeds up to 150Mbps.
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Old 08-25-2004, 10:56 PM   #6 (permalink)
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there is a geat post on cas latnency, which is were i learned all wut i know bout it and since i got nutin else to do heres the link lol


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Old 08-26-2004, 02:35 AM   #7 (permalink)
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IDE runs at 133Mbps...SATA runs at 150Mbps.

SATA is faster, and has thiner cables.

get the SATA if you can.

OEM means just the HDD and nothing else...i like to buy retail just because i like to have the box and manuals and all of that good stuff.
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IDE comes in ATA33/66/100/133, sata is ATA150. The numbers stands for megabytes per second. higher means faster potential throughput
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Old 08-27-2004, 12:33 AM   #9 (permalink)
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SATA is also some times called sierel ATA so don't get the two mixed up...they are both the same.

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