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SATA Drive with controller or SATA to IDE Adapter

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August 9, 2007 12:51:40 PM

Hi!

I have a really old computer which I'm using as file server. I have all my music on it and everything I download is first stored there. I currently have 2 IDE (2x 80 GB).
I want to replace those two drives with a S-ATA300 500 GB drive.
Now, I am not sure what to do: get a S-ATA300 controller or a S-ATA to IDE (P-ATA) adapter.
What would be faster and why?
My motherboard has the following specifications:
Gigabyte GA-7VM
Chipset

1. VIA KX133 North Bridge
2. VIA 686A South Bridge

3 x PCI slots support 33MHz & PCI 2.2 compliant

I/O Controller

2 x Ultra DMA 33/66 bus master IDE ports on board

Would the motherboard bottleneck the SATA controller anyway? Are newer SATA controllers still PCI 2.2 compatible?

Thanks for your help.

Chris
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August 15, 2007 3:44:17 PM

i had a pci sata card - it worked great with a maxtor sata drive - but didn't work with a WD raptor sata.

the chipset on the card was VIA
August 15, 2007 4:37:11 PM

a dedicated pci /sata card should have more throughput, but why not just buy a big Ide drive? I saw a 500 gig ide for $105 at newegg yesterday.
August 15, 2007 5:44:54 PM

utaka95 said:
a dedicated pci /sata card should have more throughput, but why not just buy a big Ide drive? I saw a 500 gig ide for $105 at newegg yesterday.

his board only has ide 66 a pci sata card will be faster
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