Linked by Andrew Youll on Wed 31st Aug 2005 15:54 UTC, submitted by Chris Bergeron
Hardware, Embedded Systems Over the past few years SATA has become a standard interface on hard drives and is starting to show up in many peripheral devices. Today we're taking a look at two similar hard drives to see if there's a performance difference between SATA and the older Parallel IDE standard.
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RE: 20 year old trash
by Clinton on Wed 31st Aug 2005 19:33 UTC in reply to "20 year old trash"
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Hey, that 20 year old trash still gets the job done. And for OS platforms that don't handle freaky new ports & protocols, PATA is as common as sliced bread (and good too).

I know. Platforms like Windows XP make SATA impossible for Joe Average.

My neighbor is Joe Average and imagine his surprise when he bought a new computer with an SATA drive and couldn't install Windows on it.

The problems are 1) Windows XP doesn't support SATA 2) the driver was on a CD and Windows can't load drivers from a CD during install 3) he didn't have a floppy drive in the machine.

After pulling his old floppy drive out of his old machine, hooking it up to the new machine, copying files from the CD on to an old floppy using a 3rd machine, and restarting the Windows XP install, he was finally able to get Windows installed on his SATA machine.

On the other hand, I installed Linux on my floppy-less SATA machine and guess what. It just worked.

I know what you mean about OS platforms that don't support those freaky new ports & protocols. ;)

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