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I'm running an IDE hard drive along with an IDE DVD burner on the same cable to the motherboard. When I try to install a program via CD/DVD, it lags unbelievably. Could what my setup cause this? If so, should I go at least one SATA drive? Thanks.
    
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Yeah, I would agree with you installing off a DVD when your hard drive is on the same channel I think that could cause an issue. If you want a decent drive then go with a WD Blue or something, they are quite nice.

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I'm running an IDE hard drive along with an IDE DVD burner on the same cable to the motherboard. When I try to install a program via CD/DVD, it lags unbelievably. Could what my setup cause this? If so, should I go at least one SATA drive? Thanks.
It's definitely the drive. Those things max out at ~60MB/s, while SATA drives have much faster read/write times and access times. You may even want to upgrade to a $100 SSD like mine just for the OS, and use the IDE drive for DATA until you get a nice SATA drive. The herd disk is always the biggest bottleneck in a PC, and you're wasting your rig with that drive.
     
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I would upgrade to at least a SATA HDD not only would it be a bit faster, but would offer larger capacity then what IDE can.
    
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Any second opinions?

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Yeah I would seriously consider investing in a SATA cd/dvd and hdd. The prices are fairly low for both and the performance is far better then IDE
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I'm still rocking a IDE Drive, i don't use my CD/DVD drive thou.
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post #8 of 18
The WD blue 500Gb is like $40 or something, might be $50.

SSD is a little much for your rig (no offence)
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If they are on the same channel the HDD will fight the optical drive for bandwidth.
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I think I'll just take a SATA 160GB Seagate HDD from my other rig when I get around to installing W7.
    
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