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Need a new optical drive - SATA or PATA? That is the question
climbing 
19/8/08 9:34:05 AM
Master
Hello experienced users of optical drives.

Am in the market for 2 new optical drives - seems like I'll stick with Pioneer brand for now.

My instincts tell me that the DVR 216 (SATA) or the DVR 115 (PATA) are acceptable and worthy of a self-respecting atomican.

My concern with SATA is in relation to a new system build and the worry of the system (Win XP and Win 2003) not recognising the drive on boot up and OS install.

I know that PATA will just work out of the box - no issues with Parallel ATA not being recognised.

The motherboards are:
[ ] ASUS P5BV-C 4/L with latest BIOS (server SBS 2003)
[ ] MSI - vanilla flavour with SIS chipset (el cheapo Win XP system for the office)


I want to purchase the Pioneer drives today.

Should I just stick with PATA and therefore it will just work... or do I risk SATA and potential problems on new OS install?

Help me obi won kenobi...


climbing

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Cpt. Lock 
19/8/08 10:04:39 AM
Banned

I did a fresh install of windows XP service pack 1 with a SATA DVD Burner and there was no issues.

You can go either way, DVD Burners are hardly pushing the limits of ATA133 so it doesn't make a difference. SATA cables are just a little neater

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climbing 
19/8/08 10:54:58 AM
Master
Quote by Cpt. Lock
I did a fresh install of windows XP service pack 1 with a SATA DVD Burner and there was no issues.

You can go either way, DVD Burners are hardly pushing the limits of ATA133 so it doesn't make a difference. SATA cables are just a little neater




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Thanks Cpt. Lock.

In the BIOS, did you set SATA as; AHCI, RAID or IDE?

I want to set SATA as RAID or AHCI (not IDE).

Would like to know what you did!

Thanks,

climbing

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Cpt. Lock 
19/8/08 3:23:53 PM
Banned

You shouldn't have to adjust it, but as a guess I can't see why AHCI wouldn't work for compatibility

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zebra 
19/8/08 4:44:11 PM
SuperHero
Titan


SATA.

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I don't own a computer.

The Brad 
25/8/08 4:58:10 PM
Initiate
Buy whichever optical drive you want but for christ's sake don't buy a motherboard with an SIS chipset. You are asking for trouble.

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