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running windows off sata vs ide

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October 30, 2008 1:06:34 PM

Are the performance differences significant in terms of running windows xp off an ide drive vs a sata drive?

currently, i use a 80gb ide drive for running windows and a 500gb sata drive for storage. The reason i do this is so if i ever have to reinstall windows, i won't lose all my movie and music which i keep in my 500gb. If the performance difference is significant, is it worth getting an 80gb sata for my new computer or should i just keep running it off the ide drive and save about $50?
a b G Storage
October 30, 2008 1:18:32 PM

SATA is a little faster. You can mix IDE and SATA drives.
Not worth buying a new drive just to go with SATA.
October 30, 2008 1:20:32 PM

Keep the IDE.
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a b G Storage
October 30, 2008 1:25:44 PM

IMO, you will see faster load/read/write times over IDE with using a SATA drive. IDE caps out at a theoretical maximum transfer speed of 133 MB/ps, where SATA starts at 150MB/ps or 1.5GB/ps. There is also SATA II that supports up to 3GB/ps.

SATA is serial, IDE is parallel.

Both are based off of ATA technology.

IDE is more limited by devices supported. One channel supports two devices which must be set master/slave. SATA is always the master and more ports can usually be fit on a mobo.

However, as mentioned, if only to save money, move to SATA once your IDE drive dies.

But then again, if you have some money to burn, get 2-80GB SATA drives and put them in RAID0 for a significant hard drive performance gain.
October 30, 2008 4:15:05 PM

This is mostly a load of crap.

1- your HDD is usually maxed out at around 50mb/sec or so (it can burst a bit higher, nothing to write home about) and the connector is wider than what the HDD can feed it regardless.

2- You could partition your 500gig hdd in two 40/460 partitions and install windows on the 40gig partition. Then, you could ditch the 80gig (which must be getting old, possibly less reliable) and save yourself the trouble.

3- Your 500gig drive is most likely slightly faster than your older 80gig drive so you would gain some performance by having it all on the same.
October 30, 2008 4:28:51 PM

By the way. You won't see any IDE drives over 500gb. TO go over 500 gb they will be Sata drives or SCSI.