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    which harddisk

    Hello,

    for the moment I am studying the possibilities on making my pc more competitive.
    I am to buy a new harddisk but cannnot decide which one P-ata or S-ata. I know that my next pc will have s-ata connections.
    So is it wise to get a sata diks (Maxtor MaXLine III - hard drive - 300 GB - SATA-150) now with a convertor pata->sata or should I stay with pata and later add the convertor pata-sata. The price difference is almost nihil but today I still have an P-ata connection.
    Your point of view please.

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    Re: which harddisk

    Well, let's see how others feel, for I don't yet have any SATA experience. But, if the acquisition of a new computer isn't right on the near-horizon, I don't know that I would bother with SATA, only to have to "convert" it to ATA. In so doing (converting, that is), I also don't know if these advantages would be non-existent: Advantages of SATA Over PATA

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    Re: which harddisk

    Here's another comparison between PATA and SATA.

    But your questions are much more complicated (I think!):

    In my current PC, will {a SATA hard drive with a SATA-to-PATA converter} work faster than {a PATA drive}?

    followed by

    In my new PC, will {a PATA hard drive with a PATA-to-SATA converter} work faster than {a SATA drive}?

    I suspect these are fairly difficult to answer. All I can say is that my RAID-1 SATA hard drives worked fairly well as 120 GB drives and even more so when they were swapped out for 400 GB ones!

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    Re: which harddisk

    Are you saying 400Gb drives work even more fairly well than 120Gb drives, or the 120Gb drives worked better after they were replaced? <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

    Seriously, what do you mean by 'fairly well'? If I referred to a person as being 'fairly well', or that they did their job 'fairly well', it would infer that they are OK but could be a lot better. Is this in comparison to other drives, and if so, in what respect?

    To me a hard disk is more reliable long term than another, or it's faster or slower than another type, but having recently invested in some SATA drives I'd be interested to hear other views.

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    Re: which harddisk

    I have PATA, SATA and SCSI HDs in my PC at home and the only one I can say is noticeably faster is the SCSI (hardly surprising with a 15k spin speed I guess!). I haven't had any reliability issues with any of them (yet) so can't comment on that front, but the SATA cables obviously give better airflow as they are smaller than even rounded PATA.
    As far as the OP goes, I can't see any point in buying the older PATA if you know you will be upgrading anytime within the life of the drives and the cost is about the same. After all, why get a new machine and immediately hobble it, even if only a little? <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: which harddisk

    To me it's a no-brainer to go with the newer standard -- SATA. Although the performance benefits are marginal at present, it's the direction design and technology is headed and will eventually reach much higher speeds, relieving a major performance bottleneck.

    It's also worth noting that SATA drives are far more flexible in regards to setup and use. The cables are small and thin, there is no master/slave/cable select nonsense going on... just plug and pray, erm, play. I've had stellar success with SATA RAID setups where performance counts.
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    Re: which harddisk

    Thank you all for the numerous replies on my question. I know it is difficult to answer as there are as many views as people. I tend to conclude that is is fairly safe to get a new sata drive as the technology is one that will stay on for the rest of time. As already mentioned the price difference is almost nihil.
    Very interesting are the tech views on the question.
    I would like to close this one for the moment . I wouldn't like to fall into the yes/no trap which often occurs with opinion questions.
    Lets focus on answering question of fellow members so the can spread the new that this lounge gets you good results.
    Once again thank you for the advice.

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