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« on: July 14, 2003, 04:29:43 PM »

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i going to buy a new hard disk but i wanna know y some hard disk have a 8mb buffer
i wanna know wat does it do???
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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2003, 05:31:51 PM »

by the way i also wanna find out wat is ATA and SATA for harddisk
which type of harddisk is better???
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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2003, 01:33:55 PM »

Hi,

ATA is the old and current I/O interface standard and SATA is a new technology.

Here are some sites that explains in more details:

http://www.data-transit.com/protocols/protocol_ata.html
http://www.data-transit.com/protocols/protocol_sata.html
http://www.ata-atapi.com/sata.htm

The 8mb buffer is used for better performance. Wether this performance is actually noticable by a user, I can't say but you may want to search the web for others who have done some benchmarks. From what I noticed, the price difference between let say a 2mb buffer and an 8mb buffer drive is minimal (about $30 for some manufacturers). Performance will depend on how the data on the drive is used.
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« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2003, 02:26:08 PM »

so i using a P3 now is SATA suitable for my pc?Huh?
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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2003, 02:49:54 PM »

Hi,

You would need to buy a Serial ATA controller card.

Check http://shop.store.yahoo.com/directron/satcon.html for examples

PLEASE NOTE: The link above is only for example. I have never used their services therefore cannot comment on them. I suggest you go to your local PC shop.
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« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2003, 02:53:48 PM »

ok thanx for ur help i will check with the pc store
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« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2003, 03:54:31 PM »

now i got one more question
how do i format a harddisk using window xp pro.?
i wanna make the new harddisk as slave so wat will i need to do???
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« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2003, 04:15:26 PM »

Hi,

Once your new hard drive is installed and the system recognizes the drive on bootup, go into 'Computer Management', click Start, and then click Control Panel. Double-click 'Administrative Tools', and then double-click 'Computer Management'. Under the 'Storage' section, click on 'Disk Management'. From here you can partition and format the new drive.
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« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2003, 04:26:45 PM »

ok i will try it when i buy it tomorrow if i got any problem i will come back
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« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2003, 09:22:45 AM »

Just a quick note, I would not bother with SATA for your computer. Get yourself a normal EIDE drive. However if your machine is really old 5+years. You might have a problem using drives over 32GB. I am not sure exactally how old they have to be, but alot of my customers have this problem.
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« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2004, 01:40:09 PM »

i need help again on the harddisk again...
i just changed a new harddisk from western digital... from last time admin has reply i try again the same way but this time the harddisk wasn't there i can't format and i can't use it...
i have put the harddisk as slave and my computer has detect it so what can i do now???
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