Serial ATA noob question..

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by devynal, Jan 11, 2004.

  1. devynal

    devynal The Idiot Circus Boy

    Messages:
    114
    I'm looking into getting a Serial ATA drive to replace my current IDE drive.

    My question is, and I'm assuming so: can I setup the SATA drive via the mboard's SATA input and use an IDE Cdrom in conjunction with it? Or do I need to get an IDE <-> SATA adapter to use on the Cdrom? Thanks!
     
  2. Reg

    Reg eXperienced!

    Messages:
    639
    Location:
    Arlington, TX
    You can use a SATA HD with an IDE CD-ROM without any problems.
     
  3. devynal

    devynal The Idiot Circus Boy

    Messages:
    114
    Thank you. :)
     
  4. Tweakfiend

    Tweakfiend OSNN Senior Addict

    Messages:
    340
    Location:
    UK
    Dont forget the SATA drives are master only separate channel drives.
    Best connection direct to mobo.
    You have to use your CD rom etc on your ordinary IDE channel(s) master / slave setup.
     
  5. sidefx

    sidefx OSNN Addict

    Messages:
    103
    Does SATA offer much more performance over ATA?
     
  6. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

    Messages:
    3,206
    Location:
    Sacramento, CA
    no really, no. the sata and ide versions of the same drive will perform very similarly. but there are new sata-only drives that are looking really good. examples are western digital's 10,000rpm raptors and hitachi's 7200rpm 7k250's.
     
  7. macromp

    macromp the retarded one

    Messages:
    426
    Location:
    UK
    i have a 37.6gb raptor and it's brilliant, very fast; programs install in a flash, encoding and extracting/zipping times have been cut down a lot and it only takes about 20 seconds to boot up the comp fully (took a day to set up but that turned out to be a stupid thing with my mobo having 2 different s-ata controllers)
     
  8. scriptasylum

    scriptasylum Moderator

    Messages:
    832
    Location:
    Des Moines,IA
    Not to mention those itty bitty SATA wires are nice and small for non-restrictive airflow. :)

    It's nice not having to mess with the Master/Slave thing too.