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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2006 2:49 pm 
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I was looking at a best buy add in the Sunday paper and I saw a Seagate HDD labled PATA, I dismissed it as a typo but decided to look it up today.

http://www.seagate.com/products/interface/pata

Sure enough it's Parallel ATA Seagates banner says SATA is to PATA what 2D is to 3D.

Wonder what mobos support this.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2006 4:58 pm 
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[blockquote]Serial ATA leverages the Parallel protocol and enhances it by serially moving data across a thinner more flexible cable. PATA hard drives, however, still exist in great numbers within the market. Until the complete transition from Parallel to Serial occurs many, many PCs will continue to ship and use Parallel ATA hard drives.[/blockquote]

I think your 2D to 3D reference was backwards. So, to answer your question, a lot of motherboards are out there that support PATA. Normally, the "P" is left off and it's refered to as good 'ole ATA.

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Even though my present mobo supports serial drives, I have not bought a serial drive yet. I have no need at the present time for the faster transfer rates afforded by the serial interface. The main advantages to serial drives is that they will provide better performance when running video encoding programs, and they will allow faster boot times. Since I do not do video encoding to any great extent, and I don't need to have my machine boot a couple of seconds faster, I will continue to buy cheap ATA 133 drives.

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SPYDER, it's not a big deal, but the smaller SATA cables are much easier and cleaner to route in your case compared to the wide, flat ribbon cables that ATA/IDE drives use, allowing better airflow. I'm not suggesting you buy a new machine based on that... it is just more frosting on the cake!

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They're dirt cheap now as well.


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Actually, my decision to stick with PATA is mainly due to what I had on hand when I built my last PC. Also, there are some great deals to be had cost wise if you buy a PATA drive. BTW, my last MOBO (MSI) came with some pretty thin PATA cables (the kind that are folded and shrink wrapped to form a round cable, and of course, a couple of SATA cables came with it also. In the future, PATA support will probably go away, so I will be compelled to use SATA anyway.


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I just did some checking with my main sources for drives, and I was amazed at how much the SATA drives have come down in price. 160 GB for 55 dollars is a great price! Thanks for the heads up, I might just buy one now.


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Ah cool thanks Rare Vos. I was confused by that because of my Electronics background. Parallel has always been faster than serial. I guess I need to read up on SATA.

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[quote1153938771=SPYDER]
Finko:
I just did some checking with my main sources for drives, and I was amazed at how much the SATA drives have come down in price. 160 GB for 55 dollars is a great price! Thanks for the heads up, I might just buy one now.


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I figured on spending around 150-225 for a new HDD for my new system. I was pleasently surprised with the prices myself. Grabbed a 250gig drive for $90 off newegg at the time. Last time I bought a harddrive, you were paying about $1 for every gig. Was a few years back though.


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Ah cool thanks Rare Vos. I was confused by that because of my Electronics background. Parallel has always been faster than serial. I guess I need to read up on SATA.
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No problem Keener :) , and agree from that perspective parallel would be faster.

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