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Old 6th January 2006, 21:36   #31
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My choice for DVD writer is Plexor...it is the best. For HD, segate or Maxtor both are good. Infact I heard Segate is acquiring Maxtor.
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Currently PATA(ATA) supports 133MBps, SATA 150MBps.
SATA II = 300MBps

Desktop will need that kinda performance only while copying files, I agree so a normal user will not feel the difference, but in terms of numbers SATA is faster.

For a desktop user Game load times SATA -> RAM will be faster, and after game starts since disk io starts it wont matter.

But if you are talking about a DB server, SATA is the way to go.
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Old 6th January 2006, 21:37   #33
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ATA is what normal Hard disk drives are. SATA is the new standard supporting higher speeds, read
http://geeks.com/pix/techtips-010605.htm
http://www.findarticles.com/p/articl...22/ai_98977132
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Old 6th January 2006, 23:28   #34
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160GB SATA HDD costs less than 5000rs, go for that. SATA means serial ATA which means blazing performance

As for DVD look for region free. If you cant get that get the ASUS one, its easily firmware hackable.

Why go for a product just because the firmware can be flashed ? Thinking about it there are hacked firmware updates available for most writers so concentrate on getting the best writer for your money.

If you do not want to flash your dvd writer then there is another way to get around region coding. Just install DVD43 (freeware get it from www.dvd43.com).
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Old 6th January 2006, 23:29   #35
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@lancer mania are you getting a SATA or ATA. MAke sure its a SATA. ATA is on its way out!
tsk, since lancer_mania is doing an upgrade, he should check if his motherboard supports SATA before deciding on it. There is no point in going for SATA if the motherboard itself does not have any interfaces.
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My choice for DVD writer is Plexor...it is the best. For HD, segate or Maxtor both are good. Infact I heard Segate is acquiring Maxtor.
I think Seagate have bought Maxtor and it is rumoured that Maxtor products will also come with a 5 year warranty soon.

Plextor writes are very good. Only downside is they are usually a bit more expensive than NEC, Pioneer & Sony/Liteon writers.
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tsk, since lancer_mania is doing an upgrade, he should check if his motherboard supports SATA before deciding on it. There is no point in going for SATA if the motherboard itself does not have any interfaces.
well said cnu.infact i did check up.my mother board does not accept SATA so thats out.motlsy im getting asamsung HDD 80 GB for about 3000.
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Old 7th January 2006, 19:31   #38
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motlsy im getting asamsung HDD 80 GB for about 3000.
Well, we are getting the 80 GB Samsung for Rs.2300 (+ 4% Tax) in BLR. Should be the same in Mumbai too. I would suggest go for 160 GB which is coming for around Rs.3500.

Here are the prices (add 4% Tax) of Seagate in BLR. Samsung HD prices are also similar.
80 GB (7200 RPM) 2300
120 GB (7200 RPM) 3200
160 GB (7200 RPM) 3550
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looking out for the sony 810 or something like that.
i heard its good.any reviews on the same ?? is there anything better


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If you are going for SATA , make sure your mobo supports it - only mobos made in the last 2 years or so will have SATA support - and remember to go for a SATA II drive (300 MBps theoretically with real world speeds of around 250)- same price as SATA I but there is a definite performance increase unlike SATA I which is supposed to be 150 MBps but rarely goes above 133 (same as U-ATA 133)

(the speeds mentioned are burst speeds...)

Seagate gives you a five year warranty so take it - Samsung drives are available easily and the warranty is a 3 yr no hassle - take it in and they'll hand you a new one right away but I've had 3 80GB HDD's fail me in 2 years ... :(

(Im with Seagate now - 2 x160 GB SATA I :( (7200.7)

For a DVD writer, again avoid Samsung - non eof their drives has lasted more than a year - go for BenQ, Liteon or Sony. Just search on sites such as Anandtech, Arstechnica , Tech enclave (Indian site - have to register there as well)....

You can use SiSOft Sandra, HDTach and HDTune to benchmark your drives...

edit : Just saw that you don't have SATA support - okay - then go PATA but avoid the 80 GB and go for a 160 - the price difference isnt much.

If you want a lot of performance try and get hold of a 10K RPM drive such as the WD Raptoror newer Hitachi(IBM) ones - Expensive though....

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looking out for the sony 810 or something like that.
i heard its good.any reviews on the same ?? is there anything better


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Buy a sony DW-Q30.its very good.OEM version costs about 3000 and boxed version costs 3500.

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hmm ok as of now its

1) lite-on 1693s
2) sony DW-Q 30
3) sony 810 A

in that specific order.


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i prefer Sony are they come in OEM packages which are really useful to me as i assemble computers under my own brand name.

but the Lite-on is also great.i heard the the DW-Q30A is a rebaged Lite-on SHW-1635S drive.so the 1693s must be better.
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HP and Sony DVD writers are good and cost around 3,500Rs
In HDD, no one to compete with Seagate, try the barracuda series..

the cost of these peripherals fluctuate daily...
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I got a person in Lamington Rd from where i get the HDs ...
recently i got 80 GB HD for my friend for 2500
and 120 GB costs 3000.

Samsung and Seagate(or watever), the prices are the same ....
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