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Old 08-07-2006, 10:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi and thanks for taking the time to see if you can help me!

Im currently building a comp that i hope will last at least 5 years before it needs replacing. Here is my plan:

AMD 4600 dual core,
Asus M2N32 SLI Deluxe,
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Hard drive..... ? ? ?

I have an 250GB ATA at the mo... and i know i can get an adapter. However i dont want to waste the performance of these new parts by having to use a slow HD like mine.

Was thinking 36GB Raptor 10000rpm 16MB cache SATA-150 as the system drive and using the 250 with and adaptor for storage. (until i can afford a big sata).

My confusion lies in the types of SATA and what motherboards they will attach to... will this 36GB Raptor SATA-150 plug into the M2N32 ?
Not sure about RAID and so on... need some basic words of advice!

Thanks again for your time,
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Old 08-07-2006, 10:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Of course it will...the mobo you have, has SATA ports. I don't see why it wouldn't. Pretty much all current mobos have SATA ports.
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Thanks for replying,

Just wanted to know what Sata II and SATA-150 and SATA-300 are and if there is any difference in what boards they attach to.

I suspected that this just implied the speed of the drive, but that the attachment was the same on all SATA drives.

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I think SATA II and SATA-300 (you mean SATA 3.0gb/s) are the same. Theres no difference in what boards they attach to...it's not the speed of the drive, it's just the speed of transfering files I think.
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Hard drives will spin at a rate of 5400, 7200 (standard), or 10,000 RPM the 10,000 are high end models like the raptors. I doubt that most people will see much of a difference. The Sata 3.0Gbps transfers data from the hard drive to the motherboard at a rate of 3.0 Gbps. (Giga bits not bytes)
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Max, that ATA (IDE) hard drive you have will connect to that motherboard WITHOUT any adaptors... just use the standard IDE ribbon (or rounded) cables.....
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