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    Current SATA vs IDE DVD-RW Drives.

    Well I wanted to get the cheapest DVD-RW Drive I could as every now and then I need a DVD drive and I'm too lazy to take it out of the other pc. So I went to look for drives.

    I see an IDE 22X one for cheaper than a SATA 20X one.

    My question is would there be any disadvantages to getting it other than the cables being thicker etc.

    I searched on google and it showed threads from a few years ago saying there's no performance difference between IDE and SATA with DVD drives (Only HDD are faster or something) but I wanted to make sure if it's still this way.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Current SATA vs IDE DVD-RW Drives.

    You have answered your own question really because the IDE unit is 22x and the SATA 20x.

    The 22x unit would only need a maximum of 32MB/s so it should work on any PATA connection.

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    Re: Current SATA vs IDE DVD-RW Drives.

    Hasn't changed (IDE interface is not a bottleneck for DVD drives). Make sure that your motherboard can boot from a SATA device (they should - but I am not sure if there are any exceptions) in case you need to re-install your OS.

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    Re: Current SATA vs IDE DVD-RW Drives.

    Thanks for the replies. That's that then. IDE it is ^_^

    EDIT: I've always had my pc boot from my SATA HDD so there should be no problem.

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    Re: Current SATA vs IDE DVD-RW Drives.

    Awe, but SATA is so much neater! Screw that old news parallel communications nonsense

    Agree with the rest, no difference, other than the disapproval of the aesthetes among us.

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    Re: Current SATA vs IDE DVD-RW Drives.

    Im a fan of sata drives over IDE, less mess .

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    Re: Current SATA vs IDE DVD-RW Drives.

    Well one thicker wire isn't that much of a difference -_-"

    I see some people with some massive water cooling sets, those are what look ugly >_>

    *Runs away now as I probably offended a lot of people*

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    Re: Current SATA vs IDE DVD-RW Drives.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ulti View Post
    Well one thicker wire isn't that much of a difference -_-"

    I see some people with some massive water cooling sets, those are what look ugly >_>

    *Runs away now as I probably offended a lot of people*
    Its just a matter of taist, and I think that thouse
    Quote Originally Posted by Ulti
    massive water cooling sets
    look very nice, and am envoius of the people who have them.

    But everyone to their own taiste

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    Re: Current SATA vs IDE DVD-RW Drives.

    IDE is fine

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    Re: Current SATA vs IDE DVD-RW Drives.

    For what it's worth, I prefer SATA cables too. It's easier to route around the case. It's worth noting that I have *many* wires due to having several HD and two optical drives.

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    Re: Current SATA vs IDE DVD-RW Drives.

    IDE is slowly being phased out so therefore go Sata for everything including HDDs otherwise you will find when upgrading you cannot use your components in your new upgrade especially harddrives..

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