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Sat, Jun. 24th, 2006, 12:29 am

I think I give up on this SATA bullshit, I can't get windows to see it, I can't get the bios to admit it exists, I can't persuade any of the utilities or diagnostics to do anything other than complain. I think the route to success now involves putting the drive in a sock and using it to club the bloke who said I should totally, definitely go with a SATA drive because they're like... great.

Sat, Jun. 24th, 2006 08:36 am (UTC)

Obvious question - you do have a SATA controller card, I assume?

Sat, Jun. 24th, 2006 01:22 pm (UTC)

Yeah, apparantly its built into the motherboard, there are two SATA sockets there. There are supposed to be some PROMISE sockets either side of a similarly named chip but oddly enough where the webpage says there should be a chip and sockets there is merely empty space!. Which puzzles me, but I wasn't going to plug them in there anyway.

Sat, Jun. 24th, 2006 10:53 am (UTC)

I phoned Glen, since he's gone to town to buy an ide disk. He reckons the sata drive's only 80g though.

Sat, Jun. 24th, 2006 01:29 pm (UTC)

I didn't bother my hole getting one in the end, the queues in peats were too long and I'm convinced ITDirect piss on their stock or something. Everything I buy from them breaks down at least once.

Sat, Jun. 24th, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC)

Right, I'm back from town and about to head off to Stillorgan to get rabbit stuff but before I go - that sounds rather excellent. The drive is a Maxtor and other than that I have *no* idea what size it is, it could be anywhere between 60 and 160 gigs because I didn't actually place the order myself, I got it with a bunch of other stuff a bloke in work was getting so I didn't pay a huge amount of attention to it.
I'll yank it out before the BBQ and bring it along anyway, you can text/call me at 086 3564685 so I have your number and once I know for sure I'll let you know the size.

Sat, Jun. 24th, 2006 04:09 pm (UTC)

Scratch all that, its working after some insane arcane tinkering.

Sat, Jun. 24th, 2006 08:30 pm (UTC)

sata is supposed to be an all-singing all-dancing thing of some sort or another. my server uses it. so far, i've just figured out that the drives die just as easily as an old ide disk. i guess the fancy cable connectors are the biggest difference.

Sun, Jun. 25th, 2006 03:50 pm (UTC)

Yeah, the cables being smaller help with the airflow and keep things cooler but the other advantage to the SATA is the higher data transfer speed from the disk into memory and the way you can easily do all the fancy raid configurations (which I will not be bothering with but they're nice to have as an option)