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    PATA v SATA

    I've currently got my Operating System on my 250GB IDE Samsung, It's rather new - bought in February for an older system that I ended up chucking in the bin.

    But I'm just wondering If I'll notice any improvement by moving my OS onto my 320GB SATA Western Digital drive - I've just bought a 500GB SATA drive for storage.

    What will I be better doing? Leaving the OS on IDE or moving to SATA?

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    There should currently be no real performance difference between PATA and SATA, if the drives are a similar age.

    If re-installing windows for some reason, I would put it on the SATA. But if your system is working fine, there's no reason to go to the bother of re-installing everything for a potential performance gain of ~1s less on windows boot.
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    Only improvement would be in having a fresh re-install of windows

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    Aye, at best you see a 2-3% performance benefit. Current HDD tech makes it impossible to use the full bandwidth of IDE, yet alone S-ATA2.

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    Avoid IDE on new systems - it's not included in major chipsets anymore (e.g. Intel ICH8), and the helper chips used by the mobo manufacturers suck

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    It's hardly a problem if the native chipset doesn't support IDE, SATA - IDE adapters or a PCI IDE card such as the (now ancient) Hotrod range or the Promise Fast Track's etc. are for nothing and will provide legacy IDE support for as long as it's needed.

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    Some of the newer drives aren't available in anything other than SATA so you'd miss out on potential performance gains on that alone.
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    Does the WD have 16MB cache compared to 8MB on the Samsung?

    Guys, would that make a difference?

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    Quote Originally Posted by amjedm View Post
    Does the WD have 16MB cache compared to 8MB on the Samsung?

    Guys, would that make a difference?
    They both have 8MB cache

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    But the WD would support NCQ and other flange SATA improvements over PATA.

    If you have extra storage to back up your stuff you could always test a windows install on both disks for a peice of mind.
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    WD have a silly numbers of drives at 320GB. The newer one beat the Spinpoint 120 (assuming that's the Samsung drive), the older one will lose to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aidanjt View Post
    But the WD would support NCQ and other flange SATA improvements over PATA.

    If you have extra storage to back up your stuff you could always test a windows install on both disks for a peice of mind.
    It hasn't got NCQ, at least I don't think so.

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    NCQ is not important so dont fret it. It's slower on some stuff, quicker on others...but it's all fractions of a second. A fresh install of XP makes much more difference than a slightly faster drive
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    or linux as it is the speed of a fresh install of windows every day

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    or linux as it is the speed of a fresh install of windows every day
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