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March 7, 2006 11:44:51 PM

Hello I was wondering if the S-ATA2 has an enclosure or if S-ATA supports S-ATA2. I thought I could just connect an external HDD to my computer via USB 2.0 and get some high speed but im really not that familiar with S-ATA. Please help me!

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March 8, 2006 3:43:59 AM

SATA and SATA2 are modes for the controllers, both on the motherboard and on the drive. Cabling and so forth are the same.

As far as USB 2.0 to SATA adapters, well, SATA2 is irrelevant there as USB 2.0 is only half the speed of SATA to begin with. Some adapters might have problems with some SATA2 drives, but those drives have a jumper to make them SATA1.
March 8, 2006 2:32:58 PM

I see, so I might as well get an ATA. Thanks for the help crashman
March 8, 2006 3:22:38 PM

SATA1 is about 3x the bandwidth of USB2.0, SATA2 is 6x the bandwidth.

If you have SATA in your system and a SATA HDD that you want to put in an external enclosure use one of these and go SATA all the way, you do not need to go to USB at all.

You may need one of these to go from the SATA ports on your motherboard to the back of the case.

You could even use one of these if you do not have SATA yet.