Storage forum

General discussion

Serial ATA

by clhart23 / January 23, 2006 4:11 AM PST

Can you run just one serial HDD, or must you use two and set up raid?

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Serial ATA
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Serial ATA
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Not quite understanding but here's some answers
by Steven Haninger / January 23, 2006 9:40 AM PST
In reply to: Serial ATA

RAID, by definition, requires multiple drives. The minimum is 2. The two most common configurations are RAID 0 and RAID 1. RAID 0 (zero) is used to improve performance by adding more heads to the array to write and retrieve data. It's the same as your using both hands for a task as opposed to one. RAID 1 is also called "mirroring". Two drives have the same data written to both with the idea that, if one drive fails, the other still holds the data.

SATA drives each have their own cable which connects to the interface. IDE can connect 2 drives on each channel. SATA RAID will use two channels on your MB or add in card. IDE RAID can connect 2 drives to each channel. Other RAID array configurations exit as well.

Collapse -
you can run one at a time
by hickman71 / January 24, 2006 12:25 AM PST
In reply to: Serial ATA


You can run one SATA drive, just like you would an IDE drive. The main differnce is that up to IDE drives can be one one channel (one as a primary and the second as a secondary) while SATA allows only one drive per channel. The big upside to this is that SATA drives don't require jumpers like the IDE devices do.



Popular Forums
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


Help, my PC with Windows 10 won't shut down properly

Since upgrading to Windows 10 my computer won't shut down properly. I use the menu button shutdown and the screen goes blank, but the system does not fully shut down. The only way to get it to shut down is to hold the physical power button down till it shuts down. Any suggestions?