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Windows 7: Can somebody suggest me which is better sata or IDE optical drives?

21 Nov 2010   #1
Aravintharajan

windows 7
 
 
Can somebody suggest me which is better sata or IDE optical drives?

Can somebody suggest me which is better sata or IDE optical drives? plz asap coz i am thinking of buyin one.......but lot confused with these things.......thanks in advance.....


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21 Nov 2010   #2
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

What available empty connections do you have on your motherboard ? IDE or SATA ?
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21 Nov 2010   #3
mborner

Windows 7 Pro/32 Academic. Build 7600
 
 

If you have both available to you, use the SATA. It's better and newer and fits better with todays technology.
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21 Nov 2010   #4
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I go with SATA as the cables are smaller and easier to hide in a case and keep the wiring neat. But if you had say 4 SATA controllers on your mobo and thought that you might want to use 4 hard drives...then I would ALWAYS make the optical drive the IDE drive. They are simply not fast enough to warrant anything faster.
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21 Nov 2010   #5
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

It should be pointed out that many boards which have both PATA and SATA interfaces, whilst they do support SATA optical drives they do not necessarily support booting from them without a BIOS upgrade (if available).
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21 Nov 2010   #6
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Does one even get IDE drives easily now? I was looking for one for my old mobo, could locate after great difficulty and that too just 160gb.
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21 Nov 2010   #7
SPARTAN 001

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Ubuntu 9.10 x64
 
 

SATA drives are almost always going to be faster, but as previous posters have noted, there can be problems with them on older boards. If you have a fairly recent motherboard and available SATA ports, go for it!
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21 Nov 2010   #8
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Actually as a hard drive whore (a lover of multiple hard drives) I still appreciate the IDE headers. I have two IDE Lite On DVD/CD drives hooked up via a single round cable and it is slick and works as well as a sata II connection. But the real advantage for me is it allows me to have all my Sata II & III headers available for hard drives and external connections. Today a lot of fine builds strive for a minimal drive approach so remaining available sata headers isn't an issue. My rig has a total of 10 sata II & III ports !
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21 Nov 2010   #9
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
It should be pointed out that many boards which have both PATA and SATA interfaces, whilst they do support SATA optical drives they do not necessarily support booting from them without a BIOS upgrade (if available).
I've built probably around 100 machines that have SATA and PATA interfaces over the years and all of them booted off of the SATA DVD drive. that is how I'd load the OS. How many have you come across since you state that many boards won't boot from a SATA drive.
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21 Nov 2010   #10
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Perhaps I should clarify this point. When SATA was first introduced, it was primarily intended for HDDs and not optical drives. Hence the early production boards which had SATA support could only boot from SATA HDDs and not optical drives with a SATA interface. As optical drives with SATA interfaces became more common, manufacturers realised that booting support needed to be included. In many cases, this just required a BIOS update/upgrade.
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