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Jump to SATA from IDE. is it really worth it?

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by medrep, 16 Feb 2006.

  1. medrep


    Joined: 7 Jan 2006

    Posts: 34

    Location: Manchester

    Hi all,

    I currently have a WD 40gb and an IBM 80 gb IDE hard drives. Both are fairly old and noisy drives and am looking to update to quieter and faster drives. What kind of differences would I expect from my current set up below with a sata 2 drive and what would you recommend I go for?

    I mainly use my system for web browsing, ms office, MP3 playing/download and gaming.

    Any thoughts?

    thanks again for a brilliant site

  2. moody

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 17 Nov 2005

    Posts: 1,490

    Performance wise I never saw much of a difference between upgrading from IDE to Sata drive. The only advantage I notice is the fact that the SATA cables are far easier to work with esp when trying to tidy your wires plus these no carry on in regards to setting up the jumper settings. I suppose if your planning on having 3 or more hard drives then Sata will probably be easier to work with.

    You will notice a jump in performace thou if you get a Raptor.
  3. bluesouljah


    Joined: 2 Dec 2004

    Posts: 710

    Location: Essex

    I noticed, but that's probably because I started with a Raptor and then two in Raid 0.
  4. ToLearn


    Joined: 19 May 2005

    Posts: 400

    Location: shropshire

    cant say i noticed a big jump in performance either
  5. binaryknight

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 25 Oct 2002

    Posts: 1,709

    as far as i know sata just gave more bandwith to ship data off the drive with and the drives are still limited by the actual rate the drive can spin / read data at.
    isnt the bandwith limits of the ide pci bus around 133mb/s which general drives sata or other dont reach? excluding raid
  6. Behemoth


    Joined: 1 Dec 2002

    Posts: 2,834

    Location: Cornwall

    I went from an IDE drive solution to a SATA 2 drive and I noticed a big difference. Well at least I noticed a difference anway.
  7. muckymick


    Joined: 12 May 2003

    Posts: 328

    Location: Sunny Stoke

    Same here,not really noticed any earth shattering speed difference but much neater install with the thinner cable.
    I am happy with my Samsung drive and tend to use nothing else when building or upgrading for people.Very quiet drive too.
  8. basmic


    Joined: 10 Apr 2004

    Posts: 13,144

    Location: Darlington, County Durham

    I wouldn't hold high hopes for any improvement.

    Currently the only benefit has for me over IDE, is the narrow cable - means better airflow.

    Until either hard-drive manufacturers get their fingers out their backside, or we get faster permanent storage, then we're stuck with the pathetic limits of hard-drives.
  9. moir


    Joined: 17 Jul 2005

    Posts: 20

    i noticed a good diffrence, but i went to a raptor for my 1st sata drive
  10. decto

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 24 Jan 2006

    Posts: 2,191

    I went from a 80GB 7200 Maxtor ATA133 2MB to a 250GB 7200 Seagate SATA 16MB.

    Loading/startup times are improved and there is less hesitation accessing the disk.

    I put this down to better drive electronics and a larger cache rather than the change in interface.

    If you have an older 5400 drive you'll notice an improvement to 7200 and 8mb cache

  11. Combat squirrel


    Joined: 7 Aug 2004

    Posts: 10,436

    iv got 4 drives, 2sata and 2IDE, windows, pagefiles, etc spread across all of them, no noticible difference.

    The only difference I notice with drives is how new they are, how fast the spindle speed is and how well the manufacturer has written the drives coding, my IBM sata drive is noticibly faster than my maxtor one, yet there both specced the same