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: Aerodynamics
by deathshadow on Thu 1st Sep 2005 21:30 UTC in reply to "Aerodynamics"
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2005-07-12

One benefit of the SATA is aerodynamics. :-) When the cables are thinner there is less resistance for air flow and the components get cooled better

Which of course is why they went from 4 pins on the power to 15 which in the case of drives that DON'T include a molex results in your running even more wiring inside... RIGHT.

Seriously, SATA - LOVE the concept... HATE the implementation. ESPECIALLY with the rinky little garbage connectors they put on it that break in a good stiff wind and fall out of their sockets if you move the machine more than five feet. These connectors are a total joke and make USB look like a engineering masterpiece. Manufacturing thermoset resin (the type of plastic the SATA connectors are made of) thinner than a millimeter is a BAD idea...

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RE[2]: Aerodynamics
by Calroth on Fri 2nd Sep 2005 01:46 in reply to "RE: Aerodynamics"
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Seriously, SATA - LOVE the concept... HATE the implementation. ESPECIALLY with the rinky little garbage connectors they put on it that break in a good stiff wind...

And molex connectors are any better? Sure, I enjoy ripping the skin on my fingertips and almost tearing my fingernails off because I can't get pliers in the case because of the angle the drive is installed. If molex connectors died a violent death tomorrow, I would shed no tears.

At least with the SATA power connectors, when you pull them, they detach.

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RE[3]: Aerodynamics
by on Fri 2nd Sep 2005 05:01 in reply to "RE[2]: Aerodynamics"
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I've pulled plenty of Molex connectors over the years. You wiggle them out. Using tools like pliers is just asking for trouble. Now for those of you connecting, and disconnecting drives enough that SATA power connectors are a problem. You might consider getting a removable drive cage. Move the wear and tear somewere else.

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