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    Alright is it fine to have a HD and a CD-rom hooked up on the same IDE cable? because here is my problem.

    I have the following:
    16xDVD rom
    24X10X40XCD-RW
    80gb 7200rpm HD
    30gb 4500rpm HD

    Okay, I have a Serial ATA convertor that came with my mobo which looks like this:


    However the problem here is that I think there is a short in the cable for the SATA convertor, as it only works when the wire is positioned a certain way.

    Now, If I were to leave out the SATA convertor and just put both HD's on IDE, then the 30gb would slow down my 80gb significantly.
    My question is, if I were to put one HD and a CD-rom on one IDE cable, and the other HD and DVD-rom on the other cable, would the slower HD still slow down my faster HD? are the two IDE cables different channels or are they still on the same channel?

    Also, are there any ideas of what else could be done to hook up all these devices without slowing down any?

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    if they are on different cables then the hard drive isnt going to be slowed down by the other hard drive, it will be slowed down by the cd-rom drive. id just hook up both hard drives to teh one cable for now and see if there is a big performace loss and if there is just buy a new sata cable.

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    I'd think there would be a very big difference between running at 7200rpm and 4500rpm don't you? that's quite the difference
    and as for buying the new cable, I do not know where to get them, I have never seen them anywhere, this one just came with my ABIT NF7-S
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    Originally posted by kaiweiler@29 February 2004 - 19:58
    I'd think there would be a very big difference between running at 7200rpm and 4500rpm don't you? that's quite the difference
    and as for buying the new cable, I do not know where to get them, I have never seen them anywhere, this one just came with my ABIT NF7-S
    its not going to make the drive run at 4500rpm but it will change teh tranfer rate of the drive. the new one is most likely either ata100 or ata133. the old one is probbly ata66 or ata100. if the old is ata66 and new is ata133 it will dumb down the new one to ata66 so it will only run at 66mb/s.

    get a benchmark program such as sisoft sandra 2004 and benchmark the file system (hard drives) and then do it again after you have hooked up the drives on the same channel and see teh difference. if it isnt much then it should be fine but if it is a lot i think you will need to get a new sata cable. wherer to get them i have no idea. try tigerdirect.com or newegg.com those are the only us sites i know.

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    Alright I will try benching it
    right now I just have Aquamark and that doesn't score storage, so I'll get Sandra I guess
    And I am in Canada, but tigerdirect.ca is good for canada too, I'll have a look there if it is really slowed down.
    The old one is 66 i believe and the new one is 133
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    Why screw around with a difficult to find SATA-IDE conversion?
    Just get a PCI IDE card...
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    Originally posted by clocker@29 February 2004 - 21:26
    Why screw around with a difficult to find SATA-IDE conversion?
    Just get a PCI IDE card...
    SATA would be faster would it not?
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    he doesnt need the whole converter he just needs a new sata sable.

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    Originally posted by ROSSCO_2004@29 February 2004 - 21:32
    he doesnt need the whole converter he just needs a new sata sable.
    No I don't need the SATA cable, as far as I know, the short is.....
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    Originally posted by kaiweiler+29 February 2004 - 17:28--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (kaiweiler @ 29 February 2004 - 17:28)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-clocker@29 February 2004 - 21:26
    Why screw around with a difficult to find SATA-IDE conversion?
    Just get a PCI IDE card...
    SATA would be faster would it not? [/b][/quote]
    Faster than what?
    Your limit here is the transfer rate of your drive not the adaptor.
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