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Old 09-01-2008, 06:10 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Sounds good except for the part about booting from the USB drive. USB is WAY slower than IDE or SATA so I'm not sure how well Windows is going to run over a slow connection like that.
Yeah, I went cheap and didn't get Firewire.
It's a trial and I will upgrade if I can't find joy.

Thanks.
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Old 09-01-2008, 08:29 PM
 
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Yeah, I went cheap and didn't get Firewire.
It's a trial and I will upgrade if I can't find joy.

Thanks.
If the trial works, you might want to look into getting a hard drive with an eSata interface. You can get a SATA to eSATA adapter for each desktop PC for a couple of bucks since its just a cable. Then you'd have the hard drive portable but also running at full speed without the USB bottleneck.
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Old 09-01-2008, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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If the trial works, you might want to look into getting a hard drive with an eSata interface. You can get a SATA to eSATA adapter for each desktop PC for a couple of bucks since its just a cable. Then you'd have the hard drive portable but also running at full speed without the USB bottleneck.
Makes sense. Thanks!

I'm not familiar with eSATA. I built these machines about 4 years ago.
Another thing to familiarize with...
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Old 09-01-2008, 09:52 PM
 
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Makes sense. Thanks!

I'm not familiar with eSATA. I built these machines about 4 years ago.
Another thing to familiarize with...
SATA is a connection on the motherboard for connecting hard drives and CD/DVD drives that's replacing IDE. SATA has a slightly different connector called eSATA that's designed for external use and built to withstand more connection/disconnection cycles than the internal connector. Electrically, they're the same and an internal SATA connector can be converted to an external connector with a simple cable and bracket for the back of the case. 4 years ago is when SATA was being phased in if I recall so your motherboard may or may not have SATA ports. I want to think it will though. Worst case, you get a PCI SATA card with an eSATA port on it for each machine. But if you can use it, SATA/eSATA rocks because its got enough speed to keep up with any hard drive out there and then some.
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Old 09-01-2008, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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MSI 865PE Neo2 motherboard.
Supports 2 SATA, Ultra ATA, and IDE. And RAID 0, 1 or 0+1.

I AM swift enough that I still have the MB box, guides, and a ton of cables, including the two SATA cables.
Never throw anything away.

So, I can get a card and connect the SATA cable, and be off and running with an eSata drive.
Great!

I'm running Ultra ATA/100 RAID 1.
Two WD 80 gig drives.
When I built it, SATA drives were quite expen$ive, IIRC.
The desktop I am using has all the processing ability I would need for a long time.

I would leave the AMD machine for the wife and come up with a desktop for the office.

Thanks for the input!
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Old 09-02-2008, 12:15 AM
 
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You'll need one of these for each machine to let you plug an eSATA hard drive into your motherboard's SATA ports and you should be good to go.

Newegg.com - KINGWIN 15" eSATA PCI Bracket cable Model ESAC-02 - Cables

You'll only need one of the connectors actually connected in each machine but this particular one comes with two.
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Old 09-04-2008, 07:17 AM
 
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Before you put more money into SATA equipment, Google the net and check out the speed difference. If you currently have USB2 on both of your PCs, then it's not necessary to switch to SATA hardware. I have worked with all types of hard drive interfaces; ide, scsi, sata, and even optical fiber. Unless you have a lot of data being access by multiple users, there's no need to get the extra speed. Save the money and use it for backups and more backups.
Firewire and eSATA may be fast, but not by much. Since your PCs are 4 years old, it may not even take advantage of the extra speed. Having the fastest drive is useless if you have other bottlenecks in your system, such as the CPU and memory.
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