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I was ordering this hdrive
but memexpress doesn't have them in stock,

what they do have is the ultra ATA version of the same drive for the same price.
is it worth waiting for the SATA hard drive or will it not make a significant difference?
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I was ordering this hdrive
but memexpress doesn't have them in stock,

what they do have is the ultra ATA version of the same drive for the same price.
is it worth waiting for the SATA hard drive or will it not make a significant difference?
No, you definitely want a SATA drive to future proof your machine. You may not notice a considerable speed increase, but if you plan on RAIDing or playing future games you will want it.

If you can, try to get a SATA II. Yeah, I know, SATA II hasn't really been implemented yet, but I may be in the future.

I have two of these in RAID: http://www.directron.com/wd2500ks.html

Hope this helps!

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post #3 of 17
Plus SATA helps a LOT in cable management.
    
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post #4 of 17
SATA has an increased speed in file transfers Its not the most noticeable change but its definately there and is worth waiting for.
post #5 of 17
Another vote for the SATA - the future is in your hands
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post #6 of 17
Sata drives use less power...

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Sata is much faster
    
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post #8 of 17
Not by alot but all the more power for something else eh.
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I would go for SATA just for the cables. Also IDE is being phased out, gone are the days where you used to get 2 IDE channels, most new boards only have one limiting Optical drive numbers.
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post #10 of 17
I use a sata drive for windows and it def increased my boot time which if u have alot of programs on startup is worth it alone
    
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