Anyone know where I can get a Maxtor SATA hard disc

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rongrover
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Hi, I did bring this up in another question but it may well have now been buried.

It seems that Maxtor do a SATA version but there is no actual reference to this on their site other than stateing that their Diamond plus series can be used with SATA. No doubt this will be with a cable adapter.

I have also just ordered the 2creche version ( ie not 8 ) as I was told that there is little advantage to gain in video editing with the 8. The company concerned did not stock 8 anyway.

My main concern is that I will almost certainly need to have more than 4 ATA items connected. Ie 3 DVD and CD items and at least 2 HD. my Motherboard is the ASUS P4PE with SATA (RAID) I am also unsure if I can just use the raid for non SATA, I say this because it seems the raid only comes with the SATA.

Any help on this will be greatly apprecieated
I know that SATA is quite new so I hope there are people who can help.

Thanks Ron.

Unicorn
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From the pictures of that board on the web, it looks to be similar to my Aopen 845PE board with 2xATA100 connectors from the main chipset and 1xATA133 connector on the RAID chip: if that's the case then you should be able to attach six parallel IDE devices to it before you need SATA.

P4-3.06/2GB RAM/2500GB IDE/SATA. Avid Media Composer, Liquid Edition, Premiere 6, Lightwave, Vue 6, eyeon Fusion 5. DV and HDV editing/compositing.

Bomag
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Ron

Sorry I did not reply earlier but the weekend intervened!

The native SATA version of the Maxtor has a serial number 6YxxxMO (where xxx is the capacity), the normal IDE versions either end in LO (2MB) PO (8MB). They should be available sometime between now end the end of March.

Given the extra cost of SATA native drives you may as well buy the IDE version plus the adaptor. The only reason to get the SATA version is that the IDE/SATA coverter adds about an inch to the length of the drive. This may cause conflicts with the longer graphics cards (or in my case the second CPU).

Your Asus MB uses the silicon image SATA chip. My mother has the same chip on a Abit MB and it can support either single or RAID use.

For single drives the 8MB cash version of a drive will be faster. However depending on the use of the HD (sequential use vs random aka video vs operation system) some 2mb hard disks will out perform 8mb disks.

[This message has been edited by Bomag (edited 17 March 2003).]

rongrover
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Thanks for those replies, I feel happier now about what I will have.

Bomag, sorry if it seemed that I was in a rush for infomation, but I needed to let the supplier know if I still wanted the HD's.

Regarding the adaptors, are they available or will they be ready when the drives are ready. If it means I can use an ATA with the adaptor and another 2 on the raid it seems to me that you can have 7 devices connected, is that correct?

All the best Ron.

Bomag
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The adapter has a male end which goes into a normal 40 pin IDE socket on the HDD it has a 7 pin female SATA socket which you connect the cable from the motherboard. You only need the adapter when conecting a SATA cable to an normal IDE HDD.

I just had a look at your MB manual. You can have 1 HDD on each of the two SATA ports (with adapter if IDE). You can have 2 IDE HDD on the Raid IDE port and you can have up to 4 HDD/CD/DVD on the normal IDE ports.

rongrover
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Thanks again Bomag, you have been a great help, all the best Ron.