IDE or SATA drive in a case? A rushed decision - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > System Upgrades
Closed Thread
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-05-2006, 02:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 1
Default IDE or SATA drive in a case? A rushed decision

So i'm about to go to college and I got a SATA internal drive ( and an IDE external case (
without realizing it, and before knowing they didn't exactly go together. Now I need an extra drive before this Friday.

I want to get a bunch of files (programs, music, movies, games) off of my PC and onto a drive I can use for storage for my measley 100 GB laptop. I would probably use the external drive for running said files a good amount, so is USB 2.0 enough or do I need eSATA?

My options are:

get an IDE 320 GB drive from Circuit City ( for about what I paid for the SATA drive.

Get a SATA case overnighted/2-day'd from newegg for $10 more on the case and $15 to $25 on the shipping, including the return.

In addition to the SATA case, get an eSATA laptop card adaptor for another $50 or so.

So what'll it be? Basically I can spend an extra $10 to an extra $75 depending on the kind of speed I need/should have. help me decide.


iMagnusX is offline  
Old 09-05-2006, 03:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
Lord Techie
Nitestick's Avatar
Join Date: May 2005
Location: смерти для спаме
Posts: 8,473

personally i would look for an external case that has both eSATA and USB 2.0. that way you can conveniently use it with both eSATA and your laptop without getting an adapter card. you could even settle for USB 2.0 only.
Visit my website -
"Guitar is cool. If you donít think the guitar is cool, then youíre stupid. And I will fight you! " - Brendon Small
I'm sorry but I do not accept support requests via IM, email, or personal messages
You can contact me for Forum related issues via PM only.

Nitestick 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

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:50 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.