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    Is sata good for carpc?

    Hi
    I have just purchased an sp1300 and am just choosing a 2.5" drive,

    Will using a sata drive give any improvement?
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    SATA will give you improved airflow because you won't have a bulky 80pin cable sticking out of the HD.

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    Thanx

    but will it boot faster or improve my file upload speed?
    I think 2.5" IDE drives are ATA100
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    In theory the SATA 150 interface would be faster that an ATA-100 interface for transferring data, however drive rotation speed becomes the limiting factor, and I think 2.5" drives are currently maxed out at 5400 rpm, instead of the 7200 speeds that are typical in a 3.5" drive

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbosx
    but will it boot faster or improve my file upload speed?
    I think 2.5" IDE drives are ATA100
    No speed difference. Drives don't even fill the ATA/100 spec, not to mention coming anywere close to the SATA 150 spec.
    Quote Originally Posted by DaveDog
    In theory the SATA 150 interface would be faster that an ATA-100 interface for transferring data, however drive rotation speed becomes the limiting factor, and I think 2.5" drives are currently maxed out at 5400 rpm, instead of the 7200 speeds that are typical in a 3.5" drive
    Wrong. There are 7200rpm 2.5" drives.

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    Thanx for the replys,

    So is it really not worth buying a SATA drive?

    an IDE would be better for me as the drive will end up in my laptop when i can afford to buy a 160gb 7200rpm 2.5 jobbie for the car
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    keep in mind, you will need a floppy drive every time you do a windows XP install or repair, because it has to load drivers before setup will recognize the drive, and it ONLY allows loading from a floppy... not HD, not CD, not USB flash drive, etc. and if you're going to be tweaking a lot, like trying nLited installs, that can be a pain, especially if you don't want to have to keep a floppy drive installed in the carPC all the time.

    not to mention, you don't need huge hard drive speed in a carPC. playing MP3's, or even watching video files, isn't going to take huge HD bandwidth, so SATA is just overkill... just get a laptop HD for the carPC and you'll be better off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by evandude
    keep in mind, you will need a floppy drive every time you do a windows XP install or repair, because it has to load drivers before setup will recognize the drive, and it ONLY allows loading from a floppy... not HD, not CD, not USB flash drive, etc. and if you're going to be tweaking a lot, like trying nLited installs, that can be a pain, especially if you don't want to have to keep a floppy drive installed in the carPC all the time.

    not to mention, you don't need huge hard drive speed in a carPC. playing MP3's, or even watching video files, isn't going to take huge HD bandwidth, so SATA is just overkill... just get a laptop HD for the carPC and you'll be better off.
    Wrong.... HD speed greatly determines windows boot times.

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    Using a SATA drive increased boot time about 8 seconds, because windows had to load the SATA/RAID drivers every time the computer booted up, even when resuming from hibernate. At least this is what happened in my case.

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    The only way SATA would be potentially worth it is if you run a RAPTOR 10,000RPM drive which will rape power like no tomorrow prob... something else also would be a motherboard and some do this have the controller card for it save the intialize settings so it won't add time to bootup.

    Another thing that would really be the only viable solution to this is get a SATA to IDE converter. Sata isn't really what you would want its more the rpm speed of the drive for boot times(take my word for it check my videos you will see). So this way you could get around having to wait for the drive to boot up from the controller card but then take the RAPTOR speed gain of 10,000 RPM's.

    Right now I am running a 7200 RPM drive once it hits the hibernate screen it loads it quite fast. I wonder how much gain you could get from it. Right now my computer boots in under 10s so its fast already.

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