getting a new hard drive ATA-100 or ATA-150 ?

  Bansaw 11:14 08 Jun 2006

I'm getting a new hard drive to replace my slow 5200 rpm drive.
I am convinced its slowing the whole system up.

I am thinking of getting a 7200 rpm drive and wondering if my motherboard is compatible with it?

Here's two drives I found:
HP 80GB SATA 7200RPM ATA-150 £69
SEAGATE 160GB 7200RPM 8Mb ATA-100 £45

Is it really worth spending more money to get the ATA-150 ?

Any comments would be appreciated.

my spec:
CPU Type AMD Athlon XP-A, 1913 MHz (5.75 x 333)
Motherboard Name : Gigabyte GA-7N400E-L (5 PCI, 1 AGP, 4 DIMM, Audio, LAN)
Motherboard Chipset: nVIDIA nForce2 400
System Memory : 1024 MB (DDR SDRAM)
BIOS Type : Award Modular (08/02/04)
Front Side Bus Properties:
Bus Type DEC Alpha EV6
Bus Width 64-bit
Real Clock 166 MHz (DDR)
Effective Clock 333 MHz
Bandwidth 2662 MB/s

Chipset Bus Properties:
Bus Type HyperTransport v1.0
Bus Width 8-bit

Motherboard Physical Info:
CPU Sockets/Slots 1
Expansion Slots 5 PCI, 1 AGP
RAM Slots 4 DIMM
Integrated Devices Audio, LAN
Form Factor ATX
Motherboard Size 240 mm x 300 mm
Motherboard Chipset nForce2-400
Extra Features EasyTune 4

BIOS Properties:
Vendor Award Software International, Inc.
Version F4
Release Date 08/02/2004
Size 256 KB
Boot Devices Floppy Disk, Hard Disk, CD-ROM, ATAPI ZIP, LS-120
Capabilities Flash BIOS, Shadow BIOS, Selectable Boot, EDD
Supported Standards DMI, APM, ACPI, PnP
Expansion Capabilities PCI, AGP, USB

  folder4mags 12:59 08 Jun 2006

The ATA 100 is fine to use for your pc, unless you need a quicker seek time for doing high end work your choice will be fine.

  Bansaw 14:08 08 Jun 2006

I am doing some video work and graphics work with Photoshop cs2 etc... would the ATA-150 be noticeably faster? I suppose my MB can take the ATA-150?

  SB23 17:12 08 Jun 2006

When I replaced my hd just before Xmas, I got like for like, apart from the speed, everything else was the same (ATA 100 etc). I replaced with a Seagate 80gb 7200rpm, and what a difference. It really is alot faster.

  DieSse 17:40 08 Jun 2006

The two drives you list appear to have different interfaces - one is SATA - the other is IDE.

Your motherboard does not support SATA drives, so you can't use that one.

  GaT7 18:06 08 Jun 2006

DieSse is correct. click here to view the GA-7N400E-L's specs.

The best IDE drive you could use would be a ATA-133 (not that you'd notice any difference between ATA- 100/133) & 16Mb cache - like this one for example: Maxtor DIAMONDMAX 10 250GB IDE 16MB Cache click here. G

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