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Does it have both SATA and IDE? If not, you will need to upgrade the hard drive. It should be as easy as switching to SATA and maybe setting the primary drive in the bios.
Uhh, no he doesn't. All he needs is a adapter.

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post #12 of 19
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Uhh, no he doesn't. All he needs is a adapter.

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Which really doesn't do much in this situation. You don't gain anything except a smaller data cable. The performance won't improve at all, and most likely would be lower so it would be a waste of time and money.
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post #13 of 19
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Which really doesn't do much in this situation. You don't gain anything except a smaller data cable. The performance won't improve at all, and most likely would be lower so it would be a waste of time and money.
There wouldn't be performance drop since Ultra ATA is 133 and SATA1 is 150. I've done this conversion for many of my clients moving to a newer system that does not have a PATA port or not enough PATA ports.

In the OP's situation if he thinks that moving to a SATA cable will improve performance, then like you said, no it will not improve performance since there's only a handful of hdds out there that can go above the SATA 1.5 Gbit/s spec.
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often, most older PC's with pentium 4's seem VERY slow. However, this is usually only because they are clogged with junk and have a very slow IDE hard drive. a newer SATA drive can make even grandma's PC very usable.
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often, most older PC's with pentium 4's seem VERY slow. However, this is usually only because they are clogged with junk and have a very slow IDE hard drive. a newer SATA drive can make even grandma's PC very usable.
The reason why some IDE hdds are slow, even if they are 7200rpm drives, because they haven't transitioned to perpendicular recording. Has nothing to do with the interface.
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The reason why some IDE hdds are slow, even if they are 7200rpm drives, because they haven't transitioned to perpendicular recording. Has nothing to do with the interface.
in my comment I was implying that tossing the old IDE drive and buying even a cheap 250GB SATA drive that is of modernish design can really speed up a computer. I have a rig with a 3Ghz P4, 1GB RAM and an FX5600 running on XP.

I can have upwards of 50 tabs in FF and it is still snappy. Its usually in the HD on old comuters man
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in my comment I was implying that tossing the old IDE drive and buying even a cheap 250GB SATA drive that is of modernish design can really speed up a computer. I have a rig with a 3Ghz P4, 1GB RAM and an FX5600 running on XP.

I can have upwards of 50 tabs in FF and it is still snappy. Its usually in the HD on old comuters man
I think you missed by point. Like I said, the newer technology in SATA drives tend to be faster than IDE because of perpendicular recording. It has nothing to do with interface as hard drives rarely saturate the UltraATA133 and SATA1 bus.

Being able to open 50 tabs in Firefox has nothing do with your hard drive, it depends on how much RAM you have. Honestly, you can't open 50 tabs in Firefox without your system crawling to a halt therefore what you said was absolute BS.

I know because I have a old P4 3.2 on a Asus P4C800-E Deluxe, 2GB DDR, 3850 AGP, Creative X-Fi Fatality, 74GB Raptor in RAID0.

Take your BS else where kid.
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AxO, it's you who is missing the point. The OP never said anything about switching to a different hard drive, only to a different cable. That in itself would not do anything for them, and in fact would most likely have a slight performance hit due to the adapter when it's used on the exact same hard drive compared to the IDE cable alone. Sure, using an adapter to install a faster SATA drive in a system that only has an IDE interface would increase performance, but just switching the cable as the OP is asking about won't.
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post #19 of 19
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AxO, it's you who is missing the point. The OP never said anything about switching to a different hard drive, only to a different cable. That in itself would not do anything for them, and in fact would most likely have a slight performance hit due to the adapter when it's used on the exact same hard drive compared to the IDE cable alone. Sure, using an adapter to install a faster SATA drive in a system that only has an IDE interface would increase performance, but just switching the cable as the OP is asking about won't.
I've already acknowledged that in my previous response.
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