Hard drives; pata vs sata - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > System Upgrades
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 02-11-2008, 04:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
Banned
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 122
Send a message via AIM to s37d
Default Hard drives; pata vs sata

I have a system with 3 hard drives:

1) WD 120GB 7200rpm PATA
2) WD 160GB 7200rpm SATA
3) WD 160GB 7200rpm SATA

The first one, the 120gb PATA, is my boot drive. I run Windows off this and all my games.

My question is, if changed my main boot drive from the PATA to one of the SATAs, and reinstalled all games on it, would I see an improvement in speed with games or Windows? Mobo is pretty old, asus p4p800s. Thanks
__________________

s37d is offline  
Old 02-11-2008, 04:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 889
Default Re: Hard drives; pata vs sata

No you wouldn't see an improvement in games, memory and graphics card would, as the memory would speed your system up. But like you say your mobo is old so might not be able to support much memory and might not support certain graphics cards. Swapping your hard drive will only improve data transfer rates, due to it been ATA but i dont think you would really notice it enough, for the hassle of swaping them.

Hope this helps
__________________

__________________
jay_bo is offline  
Old 02-11-2008, 04:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
Retired.
 
peterhuang913's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Los Angeles, California
Posts: 8,076
Send a message via AIM to peterhuang913
Default Re: Hard drives; pata vs sata

You won't see much of an improvement.
__________________


My computer uses 1.5A-load, .8A-idle, .65A-standby, .05A-turned off on 125V.
"The spaces between your fingers were created so that another's could fill them in."
Quote:
Originally Posted by Norcent View Post
I need to stop using the internet.
peterhuang913 is offline  
Old 02-11-2008, 04:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
Banned
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 122
Send a message via AIM to s37d
Default Re: Hard drives; pata vs sata

K thanks. I'm fine on ram, have 2 gigs of Patriot ddr400 2-3-2-5 and an ati x1650. The most demanding game I play is WoW, so there's really no problem with my setup. I know that using a Raptor hard drive helps when you Fraps stuff in WoW, since it writes much faster, but I guess going from a PATA to SATA of the same rpm doesn't really help.
s37d is offline  
Old 02-11-2008, 05:19 PM   #5 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 889
Default Re: Hard drives; pata vs sata

No it doesnt help much, i didnt think WOW was such a high spec game, my mate plays that.
__________________
jay_bo is offline  
Old 02-11-2008, 05:22 PM   #6 (permalink)
Lord Techie
 
veedubfreak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 6,979
Default Re: Hard drives; pata vs sata

It might boot a bit faster and load the games a bit faster, but other than load times, the hard drives arent going to affect much.
__________________

__________________
Nothing to see here.
veedubfreak is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
need help with sata hard drive busa4 Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 18 11-05-2007 02:19 AM
2 SATA Hard Drives (160gb each)/C&C 3 gurusan Buy/Sell/Trade and Hot Deals 9 09-20-2007 09:58 AM
Windows 'accessing' SATA drives before boot koosie Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 0 09-06-2007 03:07 AM
BIOS stopped detecting hard drives YoBagonGo Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 4 09-04-2007 11:42 PM
New Western Digital Drives For AV Products maroon1 Monitors, Printers and Peripherals 0 04-09-2007 02:14 PM



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:23 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.