Hard Drive Question.

Discussion in 'Computers' started by dDave, Sep 1, 2010.

  1. dDave

    dDave Guardian of the Light V.I.P.

    I don't know the answer nor do I know how to find the answer to this.

    I have a SATA 5400 RPM HDD and an EIDE 7200 RPM HDD.

    I'm planning to install an OS (Win XP32, I know not impressive) on one of these and I don't know which one is faster.

    Obviously SATA is the newer kind of drive the the RPMs are lower than the EIDE I also have.

    Any help would be great.

  2. Doc

    Doc Trust me, I'm The Doctor. V.I.P.

    What are the buffers on each?
  3. dDave

    dDave Guardian of the Light V.I.P.

  4. Doc

    Doc Trust me, I'm The Doctor. V.I.P.

    Go with the WD. It's both faster and more reliable than the laptop HD.
  5. Blueyes

    Blueyes Registered Member

    I've ended up murdering a few SATA drives. I won't touch them anymore.
  6. dDave

    dDave Guardian of the Light V.I.P.

    Well I installed the 250GB WD and found out that I used to have it installed, it has an old copy of windows xp home on its first partition then lots of games (Steam, Warcraft III, etc. on the other partition).

    I'll probably just wipe the drive and install windows XP Pro on there, then figure out how to get this 1GB PCI video card working (I'm assuming it'll be better than a 256mb AGP card I have.)
  7. AlexisWilke

    AlexisWilke New Member

    Note that without actually testing hard drives, the speed is know really absolutely known... that's my experience. The RPM, buffers and technology on the board are all factors that can make the drive work better or worse...

    But the bigger the driver the faster it reads data from the plates. So the 250Gb should definitively work faster.

    As for not using SATA... the EIDE are quite expensive now in comparison. And the inside technology is the same except for the software and data transfer handling (i.e. the drive itself is the exact same things!)

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