The Right ATA Controller?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Alex_is_Axel, Jun 10, 2003.

  1. Alex_is_Axel

    Alex_is_Axel .:: FTPAlex ::.

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    Goodevening everyone,

    I have now come to a time where i do not have enough IDE slots on my motherboard anymore to have anymore hard drives :(

    So.. its time for a hardware boost :D

    Ok, I want an ATA Controller which can let me have more hard drives. The hard drive i would like to add to this new ATA controller is a Western Digital 120GB 5400RPM which is Ultra ATA/100.

    *If you are wondering, yes this does mean this would be my third 120GB hard drive on my computer*

    I have found a shop near me website in the UK called Maplin and it has 2 ATA Controllers but at different prices. I was wondering which would be the best option for me in getting a new ATA Controller, either one i dont mind buying. I have the money for buying either.. i just want to make sure i will be gettin a suitable one

    The first one i found is here:
    ATA/100 £14.99
    Its priced at £14.99 and is capable of supporting the hard drive i want to add.. right?

    The second one i found is here:
    ATA/133 £39.99

    So which one is the best to get?

    I have also come across with this one:
    Ultra ATA 133 PCI RAID £19.99
    Is this one better than the other to?

    Thank you for all your time and help, i am most greatful :)

    Sincerly Alex
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  2. GoNz0

    GoNz0 NTFS Stoner

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    PROMISE ULTRA 133 TX2 PCI CONTROLLER FOR 33/66MHZ PCI BUS FOR 4 HDD RET

    this card does a lot of work for me. and does it very well.
     
  3. Alex_is_Axel

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    only seen one of them for the ATA100 and thats £50 :eek:

    What about the ones i posted? Aren't any of them any good? :(
     
  4. GoNz0

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    not compared to the promise TX2 card no, is your happy with ATA100 then get the TX2 for £50, if you pick a cheeper card, they use more system resource to run. i can transfer files and use almost no CPU usage on the controller card. i run software raid with XP, still susprised at the sisoft benchmark wetting all over a ultra scsi 15,000 rpm :)
     
  5. GoNz0

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    ATA/133 Host Adaptor @ £39.99 has on board bus mastering, i wouldnt trust the £20 and £15 models as far as i could push them into a motherboard. i know its £50 for a TX2 but think of a 120gb on each channel swopping gigs of movies without your PC breaking a sweat.
     
  6. Alex_is_Axel

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    Do the hard drives used on the ATA.. get shown up like normal on the My Computer screen? Does the extra IDE slots show up on the motherboard BIOS? How do i set up new hard drives on them? Do i just plug it in and then Windows will install the drivers it needs?
     
  7. shaunj66

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    Maxtor UDMA133 Controller PCI Retail

    £30.00 (inc VAT)

    at www.dabs.com - Quicklinx: 28J4WS

    :) I have it and it works fine! And cheap too!
     
  8. Alex_is_Axel

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    So the ATA/133 Host Adaptor is the best out of the 3 i spoke about? I dont mind payin £40 :)
     
  9. Alex_is_Axel

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    which is better.. the ATA/133 Host Adaptor i spoke about or the Maxtor UDMA 133 Controller PCI?
     
  10. GoNz0

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    ATA133 TX2. Promise is renound as 1 of the best ATA card makers. Maxtor are good at makin hard drives.

    and its a 2nd BIOS after the System BIOS, loads up any attached drives and they show in windows like any other drive, the cards installed as a SCSI adapter as far as windows is concernd
     
  11. Alex_is_Axel

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    Thank you for your help everyone,

    Ill have alook tomorrow to see what i can get and ill let you know how i got on

    Thank you once again

    Alex
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  12. MdSalih

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    Moved to the brand spakin' new *Motherboards* sections :)

    MdSalih
     
  13. GoNz0

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    ooooooooooooooooooooo
     
  14. RogerPhillis

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    I use Ultra ATA 133 SIIG from PC World £29.99, but possibly cheaper elsewhere.
    Runs a NEC DVD RW.