Serial ATA Hard Drives -What's up with that?

In summary, the conversation was about a new hard drive technology that claims to have a speed of 1.5Gbps. Some people were skeptical about its actual performance and the availability in the market. They also discussed the impact of this technology on the future of computer advancement and the limitations of physical hard drive access. It was recommended to do further research and consider the compatibility with the motherboard before purchasing.
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BoulderHead
I saw an advertisement claiming 1.5Gbps could be obtained from this new? hard drive technology. Sounds pretty fast to me. Anybody have one or know more about it? Will it be a cornerstone for the next wave of computer advancement?
 
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Oh gosh I hope so!
 
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Yes it will.. but it will take probably a long time to go main stream.. kinda like pc makers execpt for apple, killing the floppy.

I bet apple will be the first for serial ata.
 
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^^^^ Naa, it's too cheap... I predict Apple will try to market Super-Ultra-Mega-Jumbo-Wide-FireWire with the same performace but twice the cost. :wink:

It should hit soon, but physical hard drive access is now, and will continue to be, the speed-limiting factor. The ATA speed is just how fast the computer can get info from the drive to memory/CPU; except for a brief period around when the first Ultra-ATA came out, the drive itself has run much slower than this.
 
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I'm thinking of buying one just to play with the thing. Some company called Best Buy seems to have teamed up with Seagate in an effort to market them. My time is getting short and I need to save every millisecond I can.

More info;
http://www.bestbuy.com/Detail.asp?m=488&cat=511&scat=512&e=11209775
 
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It should hit soon, but physical hard drive access is now, and will continue to be, the speed-limiting factor. The ATA speed is just how fast the computer can get info from the drive to memory/CPU; except for a brief period around when the first Ultra-ATA came out, the drive itself has run much slower than this.
Yup. Therein lies the problem. SATA will do little to change the actual performance of hard drives.
 
  • #7
So I should save my money then?
 
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Maybe; I would. First remember that you need a serial-ATA capable motherboard (or IDE controller card) otherwise the serial-ATA on the drive is useless. Then, you want to look at the drive's specs for the physical disk transfer rate (not the buffer/cache rate!). That'll tell you how fast the disk can read data... plain old ultra ATA is around 100 Mbps now, maybe higher, so if the disk's rate is lower than this, the serial ATA is useless.

For general advice on these issues
www.tomshardware.com
www.anandtech.com
are good.
 
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Thanks damgo,
You got it through my thick head what I had been confused about, which was the difference between the drive's specs for the physical disk transfer rate and the buffer/cache rate. I was mixing the two up and thinking they had come up with a faster way to take data off the disk when what seems to be going on is just a faster way to transfer data to and from the buffer.
What a bummer, I thought they were really on to something here, lol.
 
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Related to Serial ATA Hard Drives -What's up with that?

1. What is a Serial ATA hard drive?

A Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive is a type of computer storage device that uses a serial interface to connect to a computer's motherboard. It is a newer and faster version of the older Parallel ATA (PATA) hard drives.

2. How is a Serial ATA hard drive different from a PATA hard drive?

Serial ATA hard drives use a serial interface, which means data is transmitted one bit at a time, while PATA hard drives use a parallel interface, which transmits multiple bits simultaneously. This makes SATA hard drives faster and more efficient than PATA hard drives.

3. What are the advantages of using Serial ATA hard drives?

There are several advantages of using Serial ATA hard drives, including faster data transfer speeds, smaller cable size, and increased airflow within the computer case. SATA hard drives also have a higher storage capacity and are more reliable than PATA hard drives.

4. Can I use a Serial ATA hard drive with an older computer?

It depends on your computer's motherboard. If your motherboard has a SATA interface, then you can use a SATA hard drive. However, if your motherboard only has a PATA interface, you will need to use a PATA hard drive or purchase an adapter to connect a SATA hard drive.

5. How do I install a Serial ATA hard drive?

To install a Serial ATA hard drive, you will need to open your computer case and connect the SATA data cable to the motherboard and the SATA power cable to the power supply. You will also need to set the hard drive as the primary boot device in your computer's BIOS settings. Consult your computer's manual or a professional technician for specific instructions.

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