Michael Bevilacqua on 20 Aug 2009 17:25:35 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Retrofit IDE with SATA?

On Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 7:56 PM, Casey Bralla <MailList@nerdworld.org> wrote:
Tom's Hardware is running a story about how smart it is to upgrade your hard
drive.  (Hmm.. sounds like they're pulling the old PC Mag trick of endorsing
buying more stuff all the time.. how shocking!)

If you haven't looked at newegg.com lately, the prices are more than right. TB SATA drives are cheap and extremely efficient these days. You might be able to save some kilowatt cash with a relatively cheap upgrade. That's up to you to evaluate.

Has anybody tried a SATA adapter card to see if you get anything like
reasonable performance if your motherboard does not have native SATA ports?

Any time you put more adapters onto a system you make it less efficient. And PCI is an adapter. So, again, evaluate your total situation. Do you want a performance boost? At what cost? And what truly is the total (energy, monetary, life-cycle) cost?

Hope this helps.

Michael D. Bevilacqua
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