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April 14, 2007 5:48:14 PM

what kind of harddrive should i buy, SATA or IDE? people say SATA is better but i dont know why. thx

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April 14, 2007 6:36:53 PM

It depends on the price of the HDD, your motherboard and how you want to configure it. If you're configuring a R.A.I.D 0 system, buy SATA HDD in order to yield more performance.
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April 14, 2007 7:31:05 PM

Seeing as most harddrives can't fill even the ATA100/133 interface, it doesn't really matter. If you see a good deal on a PATA harddrive, don't be afraid to buy it. If you have a newer motherboard that has only one IDE connector, then you probably want to stick with SATA.
April 14, 2007 8:33:48 PM

PATA (IDE) is dying and disappearing, if you get a PATA drive now then you risk not being able to use it in a future build. SATA is going strong and has not end in sight so for the forseeable future you should be able to use it. SATA also uses smaller cables which improves airflow in your case and if you get a recent SATA drive-mobo combo then you might get NCQ which is a nice, albeit hardly essential, feature to have.
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