I just bought a new motherboard, Asrock K8 Upgrade. This motherboard supports S-ATA and ATA hard disks. I'm using it successfully with my IDE drives.
My question is : is it possible to use an S-ATA hard disk together with my IDE drives ?
Why not? You have ATA controller and SATA controller so you can use ATA and SATA HDDs. But make sure the system partition is on the faster disk
Thanks ! I'll consider buying an S-ATA hard disk then.
I was wondering because I used to own my K7S5A motherboard, which supports SDR and DDR (2 slots of each), but not together. That's the "why not". Now you gave me this answer, I'm not afraid anymore !
Yea, DDR and DDR2 have a different pin count. And all the Memory has to work to match up speed wise. But Hard Disk you can use any setup that your hard disk will support. I got one IDE 320 GB and 4 Sata2(3ghz) 250GB Drives all internal, and i might get some usb external drives in the future here.
Thanks for all your answers.
If SATA isn't more powerful than ATA, then why do we need SATA ? Just in order to get more than 4 drives ?
Hard drives have hardly improved over the last 5-6 years. As Sebaci said, SATA and SATA II bring much more overhead into the fold but your average 7200 RPM hard drive has improved little over the years besides having more capacity for less money. I have a Western Digital Raptor and it's faster, but not really fast enough for me to say to myself "wow what an improvement." over my old 7200 RPM drive.
I have ran into one little issue running a SATA drive in conjunction with a regular ATA drive. When I install Windows I have to unplug my ATA drive, otherwise when I get to the part of the installation where you select what drive / partition to install windows on my SATA Raptor does not even come up on the list, but when I unplug the ATA drive before hand it does and away we go. I'm not sure if it's an issue with my motherboard, the Nforce chipset, Windows, or an general issue with using ATA and SATA drives, but it could happen and be a little confusing.
If you have SATA Controller you can connect SATA hard disk in your system ..