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Mixing and matching SATA and IDE disks RRS feed

  • Question

  • I'm in the middle of getting my WHS box up and running, and have a 320gb IDE hdd here which I'm reposessing from an external hdd enclosure. I'm going to buy a second 320gb drive ... I'm considering SATA because my mobo will support it, but will there be a noticable performance hit when I have both a SATA and an IDE drive, compared to if I were to have them both as SATA drives?
    Monday, February 26, 2007 6:35 AM

Answers

  • I don't think you will see much of a performance difference, especially because you won't be accessing programs from it.  I would use the SATA as the primary since it will give the OS a bit better speed.  The good thing about the WHS is that you can mix and match this way.  You shouldn't notice a difference either way so save the money and use your existing IDE drive instead of buying 2 new SATA drives.
    Monday, February 26, 2007 11:53 AM

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  • I don't think you will see much of a performance difference, especially because you won't be accessing programs from it.  I would use the SATA as the primary since it will give the OS a bit better speed.  The good thing about the WHS is that you can mix and match this way.  You shouldn't notice a difference either way so save the money and use your existing IDE drive instead of buying 2 new SATA drives.
    Monday, February 26, 2007 11:53 AM
  • I agree, there would be very little performance difference between sata & ide 7200 rpm drives. If you were using 10000rpm drives, the performance differece would be higher, but not enough to justify the extra cost.

    I think most of the beta users are not using latest motherboard with the newest dual core processors. From what i've read, the WHS that Hp is putting on the market uses a modest AMD Sempron processor.

    You may build a WHS with the latest high end hardware and have great performance, but if your WHS clients and network are 10/100Mb it's all for naught. You have to look the whole package.

    So overall, mix and match drives all you want, I don't believe you will notice a performace hit.

     

     

    Vince

    Monday, February 26, 2007 3:02 PM
  • I also agree.  I think the performance impact with differing drives will be negligible.  The network speed will be your bigger bottleneck (unless you happen to have a gigabit router).
    Tuesday, February 27, 2007 2:08 AM