Need a Little help with SATA HD

By Cyber
Aug 13, 2006
  1. i have been planning on buying a new HD... Tho i have always used IDE and dun have much idea about SATA HD's... what is the speed difference between IDE and SATA interface... Oh and i am upgrading my Dell Dimension 4600... its says that it has two 7 pin connectors... but i am not too sure about
    SATA I and SATA II... i know they support different speed of 1.5Gbps and 3.0Gbps... But is my mobo compatible with SATA II... and here is the link to my computers owners manual.... Please look at pages 79-82 for the mobo description....

    its a pdf file...

    and the link to the HD i want to buy is here...

    thanks a lot in advance

  2. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    most sata II's are backwards compatable
    that does not mean stupid dell sata drivers like it

    if your not doing a server setup or gaming server ,graphics dev. you will not see much in access times

    sata good for raid setup
    some of these will give you access time that you will notice

    at that price buy 2 and raid them
  3. Cyber

    Cyber TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 29

    oh kk thx for the reply... na i am not doing any gaming setup or either a server... My question was... can u plug in a "sata II" in a "SATA I" right it only effects the data transfer ... right and i have been hearing that it is not eazy to install windows on SATA HD's... is that true... (oh and this will be my master driver with my os and every thing...)

    thanks in advence...

  4. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    most hard drive manufators say it is backwards comp. transfer rate will be sata I
    yes it can be pain in the @@@
    you need to know the bios settings to setup boot order and controller sync
    one of my systems show
    pata 2 disc only
    pata and sata 4 disc
    sata and pata 4 disc
    sata 2 disc only
    thats not the boot order thats the controller config
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