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I have always used ATA drives, but the SATA seem to be faster & cheaper. My motherboard supports them (I think?). How hard is it to set up a SATA hard drive? Is it plug N play like the ATA?

Can you mix ATA with SATA?

thanks in advance
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Plug N Play - Yes
Mixed system - Yes
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I think SATA is becoming more mainstream now. They aren't very difficult to setup, but you do have to work harder to set them up than with just regular IDE (ATA) HDDs. You'd have to go into your BIOS and enable the motherboard's SATA or RAID controller. And if you wanted to install windows on a SATA, you need to have a floppy with the driver and .oem file for your SATA controller and press F6 at the beginning of windows setup to use it. Other than that, SATA isn't much different in terms of setting them up.

As for performance, i get 76-ish MB/s read speed with my SATA compared to 50-ish MB/s read speed on my IDE HDD.

If you mean "can you mix IDE and SATA for RAID," then no. If you mean "can you have and IDE and SATA HDD in a computer at the same time," then yes. I have both in my computer right now.
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I'll keep the OS on my IDE, and use the SATA as a backup

I'm thinking of pulling my IDE 120 gig and replacing with AT LEAST 320 gig SATA
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I'll keep the OS on my IDE, and use the SATA as a backup

I'm thinking of pulling my IDE 120 gig and replacing with AT LEAST 320 gig SATA

It would be better to use a SATA2 as your main drive since it's 3x faster (On paper anyway). That translates to much faster loading times.
You will notice a big difference right away.
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The performance difference is actually slight - the heads cant keep up with IDE, they certinly wont keep up with SATA. But SATA does allow easier cabling, and hotplug.
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actually, you don't have to press f6 when installing windows. that's only for raid and scsi. (believe me, I've done it) and i would install windows on the SATA, because that will help windows run and boot faster.
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