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Serial ATA drives

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by tony7914, Jan 1, 2005.

  1. tony7914

    tony7914 Guest

    my motherboard supports 2 serial ATA drives it has the Promise chipset i belive, i've never set up or used a RAID array either, my question is can one use the serial drives instead of the IDE drives? i know the bandwidth gains are not that much but i'm curious as to what advantages i could get from serial VS IDE. any help or info would be great!!
    thanks in advance!
  2. Divinus

    Divinus Guest

    Yeah you can use the SATA drives instead of IDE. I currently use my onboard silicon controller to run 2 60GB Maxtors in RAID0.

    The biggest performance gain I can see is when moving large files around. For instance, on my other computer my ide drive can take up to a minute or two to delete a large number of files (say 20-30GB). On my SATA striped array it takes less than a second. Plus it seems to install XP a lot quicker.

    Other than that I can't think of any performance gain. Some bad things are you're twice as likely to have a failure as if one of your drives goes down, you lose everything.

    I'd just summarize and say that the only benefits are a good speed gain.
  3. dlc2000

    dlc2000 Regular member

    Feb 27, 2004
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    in my opinion you wont see too much of difference with one sata drive over ide . it is when you pair 2 drives in a raid + sata that you really see a performance increase especially if using 2 western digital 10000 rpm drives in a raid like myself .
    the problem is as stated above if i were to lose a drive i would lose all of my data on the raid . there are pro's and con's to this . i take the risk for the performance increase as i back up all of my data so it doesnt matter if i lose a drive .
  4. tony7914

    tony7914 Guest

    thanks for the info!!

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