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Hi,

I am planning to build a new computer, based on C2D and the Asus P5B Deluxe motherboard. AFAIK, the newer motherboards these days support SATA hard drives, and not the old IDE kind of hard drives.

So, I have 3 questions

1) The DVD writer I'm buying says "E-IDE / ATAPI"... Will this work fine with my mobo or do I need to get a SATA DVD writer? Or some kind of IDE controller card?

(Here is the dvd writer description: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827152077)

2) I have an old seagate drive: 320Gb, Ultra ATA/100, 7200 RPM, 16mb cache... Since it's not SATA, would that drive work with my new computer? (without the use of some kind of special controller card)

3) If I get a 320Gb SATA drive instead (Seagate 7200.10), do I need to buy anything else to make it work (like a controller card, cables, etc) or does it come with everything I need?

Thanks and sorry for such basic questions.. (<-- noob)

-EJ
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Hi,

I am planning to build a new computer, based on C2D and the Asus P5B Deluxe motherboard. AFAIK, the newer motherboards these days support SATA hard drives, and not the old IDE kind of hard drives.

So, I have 2 questions

1) The DVD writer I'm buying says "E-IDE / ATAPI"... Will this work fine with my mobo or do I need to get a SATA DVD writer? Or some kind of IDE controller card?

(Here is the dvd writer description: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827152077)

2) I have an old seagate drive: 320Gb, Ultra ATA/100, 7200 RPM, 16mb cache... Since it's not SATA, would that drive work with my new computer? (without the use of some kind of special controller card)

Also, SATA hard drives don't need any kind of controller card, right? You can just drop them into your system?

Thanks

-EJ

1. Youll be fine

2. Youll be fine

And sata drives will work fine..
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1. The DVD drive will work fine because the mobo will come with appropriate cables [ribbon cables].
2. It will work without a special controller. Same case as DVD drive, the ribbon cable.
3. You don't need to buy anything because new mobos that support SATA come with a few SATA cables.

However, you should consider that you will get better performance if you get SATA drives.
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I see, cool thanks very much for the info! What a relief to know I don't have to worry about buying cables
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