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Hard drive and DVD connected to SATA ports

by labchick68 / June 27, 2008 6:35 PM PDT

Hello, I am currently building a new PC using a geforce 6100pm-m2 motherboard. It has 4 sata ports and 2 IDE ports. While reading the manual that came with the motherboard I came across a section that stated that for maximum performance they recommend connecting optical drives to the IDE ports and Hard drives to the SATA ports. I was considering ordering 2 SATA DVDs drive and a SATA hard drive to use in this system but now after reading the manual, I am wondering if this is the best way to go. Has anyone ever experienced a decrease in performance with only using SATA ports to connect optical and hard drives and skipping the IDE drives all together? It was my understanding that SATA gave better transfer rates, which is why I was going to use these alone. Any Advise??

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by Phil Crase / June 27, 2008 11:24 PM PDT

Using SATA hook ups no issues with performance as far as I can see.

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Practical matters
by Willy / June 28, 2008 1:51 AM PDT

Having SATA connections for DVD drives is just that, its real benefit. You' won't have a great improvement for SATA usage on the DVD drives, however it doesn't effect the HD usage as such. But, as a practical stand-point the manual explained usage remains the most popular and likely as SATA CD drives are less available. Then you have to think power connections as well which most typical psu provided limited SATA connects, thus added SATA power adapters. enjoy

tada ------Willy Happy

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I guess their thinking is...
by ahtoi / June 28, 2008 2:00 AM PDT

cd/dvd drive/burner are basically a slow devices so you shouldn't put a slow device in a fast lane. Of course I am sure if that is truth or not. My suggestion is to use ide if you already has ide drive. But if you like sata because the cables are smaller, then get sata and if it turns out that it does hinder the speed of the system, you can always get a pci adapter card for it (very inexpensive). But in either case I don't think you are going to gain a lot of speed out of this; just my thought.

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