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Here is my question,
I'm thinking of buying a new set of Seagate drives ( ive never had then before)there is only a few dollors differants between Sata & Ide. My spec are in my profile and i would like some opions on this. I have a W/D 160g and i will never fill up or come close to filling so i'm going for some smaller drives. I have the 160g devided into 2 partitions. Is the Sata worth buying for some extra speed? I also like the less clutter of wires. I have about 100 bucks including shipping.I have read alot of posts on this topic and dont really know what way to go.
post #2 of 5
Keep the hdd you have and upgrade your video card.

Now to answer your question.....if you are getting a pair...are they for a raid setup? If not then why 2? You could get another wd160 and raid them for better performance.
Sata will be slightly faster than ide...but nothing that would make you go "holy S**T...lol
Sata can also be more prone to crashing when overclocking...
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Seagate is an excellent brand for hard drive. In fact, thats the only brand I buy. I would recommend buying the SATA drives because they are a slight bit faster along with the thinner cables allowing better airflow within the case.

However, if you install Windows on the SATA drive, you will need to pull out the disk that came with your motherboard that has the SATA drivers. It adds an extra step to the installation process but I don't mind.
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As for right now I would just stick with a regular ide drive. SATA is ok also but i found that they tend to run hotter than a IDE drive. If wires are a problem you can always buy an ide cable that has the wires enclosed in plastic so it gets less cluttered in the case. Stick with IDE until SATA has a performance increase that people can notice in programs.
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I don't know where you got your info, A single SATA will out perform an IDE drive by 10% to 15%, Two in raid-0 will get you better than 25% over an IDE drive. with raid you will lose about 100mhz of overclock.
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