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Does it matter if a DVD drive is SATA?

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My current CD-RW drive in my signature computer is making tons of noise so I plan on replacing it with this DVD drive.

I'm building a more modern rig soon and was planning on transferring this new drive to it when the time comes. The only problem is that this drive uses an EIDE interface instead of SATA. Will this drive perform slower than an equivalent SATA drive or does it even matter at the speeds this thing will operate? I don't want to put it in a new computer if it's going to run slower than another drive.

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post #2 of 9
that dvd drive will do you fine. it wont perform slower, but you will have that huge ribbon now!
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I would say to just get a Sata drive. That ribbon thing kind of looks ugly.
    
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Why not this one? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151154, Its SATA and it has lightscribe. It's pretty much the same cost as the other one but a little bit cheaper.
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Apart from the cable's physical size I believe there is no difference.
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post #6 of 9
There is a slight increase in performance from ATA to SATA. This is a great article explaining it. http://www.geeks.com/techtips/2005/techtips-010605.htm
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post #7 of 9
ok, sata is an interface, as is (e)ide, sata is faster than (e)ide, (can move more data per period of time, ie (e)ide up to 133m/b per sec, sataI up to 150m/b per sec, sataII up to 300 m/b per sec), the thing is that any cd/dvd drive is not able to transfer anything like those kind of data per sec to or from a cd/dvd so the only thing to be concerned with is the read/write speed of the cd/dvd drive itself. either bus ((e)ide, sata) can transfer far more data than any cd/dvd can handle, hence 'buffer underrun' etc.

edit: than any cd/dvd DRIVE can handle
    
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I have to buy a normal ATA/IDE drive because my current computer has no SATA ports.

Thanks for the responses guys! They have all been very helpful!
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I have both in my rig. They work just fine.
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