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Old 07-29-2009, 08:05 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Sorry for warming up this old thread, but I still have a question (I want to order a new HDD for my old PC this week).

What is the por/con of getting an IDE controller card and a SATA drive versus getting a HDD with an IDE connection? Is it just a difference in price and it's basically the same for the rest?
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Old 07-29-2009, 05:31 PM   #12 (permalink)
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SATA is faster. The cables are also slimmer which improves air flow.

In addition to an SATA controller you'll need a molex-sata adapater for the power supply. They are rather cheap.

I'd just buy an IDE hard drive, though.

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB Hard Drive - 7200, 16MB, ATA-100, OEM at TigerDirect.com

Edit: Didn't read the other posts. Looks like other people posted the same drive for cheaper.
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Thanks !

I think I might just do as you suggested and get the WD IDE hard-drive!

EDIT: What kind of IDE drive would you suggest if I only need a smaller HDD. Maybe 250GB or something like that....
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Default Re: What kind of HDD for and IDE connection?

What do you think of this one:

Western Digital Caviar SE 320GB 7200rpm 8MB ATA100 for a smaller HDD?
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What do you think of this one:

Western Digital Caviar SE 320GB 7200rpm 8MB ATA100 for a smaller HDD?
You might want to see if there any with larges caches (i.e. 16MB), otherwise good choice.
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You might want to see if there any with larges caches (i.e. 16MB), otherwise good choice.
Thanks !

I could not find drives of that size with a 16MB cache.

The old HDD (the one that crashed) had only 60GB, so I will not need a drive much bigger than that. Maybe even this one's enough:
Databyte - WD 160GB 8MB 7200rpm PATA Caviar 3.5inch DT , WD1600JB

But then again, the bigger ones are not that much more money.
I was thinking of the WD 500GB drive, but I read a few negative reviews (also some good ones, btw) saying the drive is not very reliable ....
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