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Old 06-25-2004, 04:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was thinking 80GB, so what do the SATA and IDE things mean? Some good brands?
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Old 06-25-2004, 04:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Go for the SATA if your motherboard supports it. The install guide is on the site if you need it. Need to get floppy with drivers and hit F6 during install, and you are good to go

I have an SATA and it worked so much better than my 80 mb IDE. My preference has been Maxtor for the past few years.
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I have an SATA and it worked so much better than my 80 mb IDE.
I would hope so! 80MB


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If you're like me, and dont want to deal with SATA for a bit, (or you just dont have the hardware, also like me :P )...

You can get a Seagate (VERY quiet drives) 120gb with an 8mb cache, 7200 RPM, "non-SATA" (IDE) for about, if not under 100 bucks.

You'll definatly like the extra space. My brother thought 80 would be enough, and now hes down to 30gb on a 120gb and refuses to take anything off!
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SATA Western Digital Caviar are very good drives. 120 Gb is a good enough size.
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I don't think Western Digital have true SATA drives... I could be wrong though
Seagate are one of the few brands that make drives that run purely off SATA, rather than emulating it from ATA100/133
there is that, and they're such a reliable and quiet drive
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Yeah I heard that too... they would only get regular ATA performance, but with all the extra configuration you have to do (though it's not a problem, really) so it would defeat the purpose of buying an SATA drive, unless you want to reduce case clutter... but then again thats what rounded IDE cables are for. :P
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Seems like a Seagate 120GB SATA HD is the way to go?
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IF you aren't a total speed freak, or just dont want to deal with SATA setup (especially if you dont have an SATA card or motherboard feature) then i would get hte same drive but the regular IDE version....

Seagate 120GB 7200RPM IDE Hard Drive, Model ST3120026A, OEM
It's an OEM version, which some people dont like, but theres nothing wrong with that.

Or if you have a higher budget/bigger needs....
Seagate 160GB 7200RPM IDE Hard Drive, Model ST3160023A, OEM

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