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  Changing from IDE to SATA 
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Robert Enns Feb 18, 2006, 04:45pm EST Report Abuse
I have had built a Tyan Thunder K8WE motherboard, dual Opteron 275, 8 Gigs Ram, with a Maxtor 7V250F0 SATA harddrive running WindowsXP 64bit edition.

I just discovered that the person who built the computer installed the Maxtor SATA drive as an IDE drive. I must be losing a good deal of potential speed here I would think.

I have bought a SATA cable and am wondering just how to go about changing over to SATA (which is enabled in the BIOS).

Do I need drivers for WindowXP 64 installed first? From the WindowsXP64 disk? If so can I install them, shut down, change cables and boot up. Or what?

I'm far from the place I bought this so I'd like to do this myself if possible.

Any help appreciated.

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Beavis Khan Feb 18, 2006, 05:07pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Changing from IDE to SATA
If you have just a single hard drive, there will not be much performance difference at all -- single drives can't push enough data to saturate either the IDE or SATA bus, and for the most part the drive mechanisms themselves are the same.

I'm not sure if switching to SATA connection would work -- Windows usually is not too pleased about having its device changed out from under it. You might have to do a repair or even reinstall to get it working properly...

"For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong."

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Robert Enns Feb 18, 2006, 07:05pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Changing from IDE to SATA
Thanks for the reply.

If you're right about the relative lack of performance improvement I'll live with what I've got.

Duncan Bladen Feb 18, 2006, 08:20pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Changing from IDE to SATA
how have u got 8 gb of ram in 1 board???? , tell me , i must know!!

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Greg M Feb 18, 2006, 08:24pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Changing from IDE to SATA
Its just operating ind 'IDE' mode. You are losing nothing. This is how single disks operate with SATA.

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Robert Enns Feb 18, 2006, 08:25pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Changing from IDE to SATA
Not quite sure what you mean by one board. (memory board?)

There are 2 processors and 4 slots associated with each processor. Apparently it is better to spread the memory equally between the 2 cpus. In my case all 8 slots are filled with 1Gig memory sticks.

Robert Enns Feb 18, 2006, 08:41pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Changing from IDE to SATA
Okay Greg.

So if I get a second drive and start out with that as a SATA cabled drive while the other one is attached via IDE does that make anything better or do you have to have 2 drives cabled as SATA before you see a difference?


Fixer Feb 20, 2006, 06:44pm EST Report Abuse
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TamTheBam Feb 20, 2006, 06:48pm EST Report Abuse
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Robert Enns Feb 20, 2006, 07:00pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Changing from IDE to SATA

For Andy Man,

I didn't buy a "second" SATA cable...

The drive was installed using an IDE ribbon cable into an IDE socket rather than using a SATA cable into a SATA socket.
Both are available on the TYAN motherboard. The builder just took the easiest way out as far as I can see. He didn't supply any SATA cables either. I bought the cable thinking I might change it, hence the question in the Subject line.
Since everyone seems to think it wouldn't do much, I'm going to leave it as is.

Fixer Feb 20, 2006, 07:14pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Changing from IDE to SATA
My apologies I thought you said you had.
That Maxtor 7V250F0 drive does it have both SATA and PATA pins sockets? I thought only SATA 8 pins, if it as both then you could Raid on IDE or SATA if you got another drive the same make and capacity.



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