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pata - what is it?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by dts_boy, Oct 6, 2004.

  1. dts_boy

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    i am a bit out of date with pc stuff as i haven't had a reason to complain recently. however, i want to buy a bigger hdd and have been looking at a 400gb pata ibm/hitachi drive. my question is what is a pata hdd? it runs on a standard ide interface (my pc doesn't have provision for serial ata) and is meant to be quicker? does it need two ide connections, or will it plug in like my older ide drive? thanks in anticipation!
     
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    AFAIK 'PATA' (Parallel ATA) is simply a sexy marketing way of saying IDE :) .. this sample product page uses the term as such.
     
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    its a more common name for ATA100/ATA133
     
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    ahhh, right now i get it - the cheeky gits! thanks guys, heres me thinking that ide technology was moving forward again and i was being left behind :blush:
     
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    Hi DTS Boy where did you see the 400gb hard drive as i am after one in this size region, cheers inza.
     
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    I think the only 400GB drive available at the moment is the Hitachi Deskstar 7K400 which is only out as an SATA drive with 8MB cache.

    Take a look here:

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatalog/hitachi_sata.html

    Cheers, Lee

    PS: The words 'eggs' and 'one basket' spring to mind with such a large capacity...a RAID 5 setup with several 200GB drives might be better...unless you are looking at using 400GB drives in a RAID config :eek:
     
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    IMHO RAID 5 is going overboard for an HCPC where you're not dealing with high data update rates, my view is that the extra cost isn't warranted. Remember, you need to have at least 3 data disks plus parity disk with RAID 5 to give more redundancy that 2 using RAID 1.
     
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    Eggs and one basket, you are probably right, thinking about it.
     
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    i saw it on here

    (this link should take you to the scan.co.uk website)
     

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