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Old January 15th 12, 02:38 PM posted to alt.comp.periphs.mainboard.asus
Rhino[_3_]
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Default DVD Burner - IDE vs SATA

Am I right in believing that a DVD burner using SATA is going to be
noticeably faster in burning disks (given the same speed, e.g. 12X) than an
IDE-based burner?

It's time I replaced my old burner because it's getting harder and harder to
coax the drawer open. It can take up to five minutes of clicking on "Eject"
in the Windows context menu before the darned thing finally opens. I have
the ASUS-M3A motherboard which has SATA so I assume that I can get a
SATA-based burner. (Correct me if I'm wrong!)

How many SATA devices will that board support? I already have two SATA hard
drives and intend to install a third SATA hard drive very soon so is a SATA
burner even possible or will I have exhausted my SATA capacity at that
point?

Sorry, that may be a dumb question. I'm not a hardware guy and know almost
nothing about SATA and IDE.

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Old January 15th 12, 08:10 PM posted to alt.comp.periphs.mainboard.asus
Rhino[_3_]
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Default DVD Burner - IDE vs SATA


"Rhino" wrote in message
...
Am I right in believing that a DVD burner using SATA is going to be
noticeably faster in burning disks (given the same speed, e.g. 12X) than
an IDE-based burner?

It's time I replaced my old burner because it's getting harder and harder
to coax the drawer open. It can take up to five minutes of clicking on
"Eject" in the Windows context menu before the darned thing finally opens.
I have the ASUS-M3A motherboard which has SATA so I assume that I can get
a SATA-based burner. (Correct me if I'm wrong!)

How many SATA devices will that board support? I already have two SATA
hard drives and intend to install a third SATA hard drive very soon so is
a SATA burner even possible or will I have exhausted my SATA capacity at
that point?

Sorry, that may be a dumb question. I'm not a hardware guy and know almost
nothing about SATA and IDE.


Please disregard this question. A quick Google brought up this page -
http://www.computer-hardware-explain...ta-vs-ide.html - which says
SATA is hands-down faster than IDE. I also see from a previous post I had
made that someone already told me that I could connect 4 SATA devices to my
ASUS M3A motherboard. That means my two existing SATA hard drives, a SATA
DVD burner and a third SATA hard drive will all work together on my
computer.

Forgive my bad memory ;-)

--
Rhino

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Old January 16th 12, 12:53 AM posted to alt.comp.periphs.mainboard.asus
Paul
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Default DVD Burner - IDE vs SATA

Rhino wrote:

"Rhino" wrote in message
...
Am I right in believing that a DVD burner using SATA is going to be
noticeably faster in burning disks (given the same speed, e.g. 12X)
than an IDE-based burner?

It's time I replaced my old burner because it's getting harder and
harder to coax the drawer open. It can take up to five minutes of
clicking on "Eject" in the Windows context menu before the darned
thing finally opens. I have the ASUS-M3A motherboard which has SATA so
I assume that I can get a SATA-based burner. (Correct me if I'm wrong!)

How many SATA devices will that board support? I already have two SATA
hard drives and intend to install a third SATA hard drive very soon so
is a SATA burner even possible or will I have exhausted my SATA
capacity at that point?

Sorry, that may be a dumb question. I'm not a hardware guy and know
almost nothing about SATA and IDE.


Please disregard this question. A quick Google brought up this page -
http://www.computer-hardware-explain...ta-vs-ide.html - which says
SATA is hands-down faster than IDE. I also see from a previous post I
had made that someone already told me that I could connect 4 SATA
devices to my ASUS M3A motherboard. That means my two existing SATA hard
drives, a SATA DVD burner and a third SATA hard drive will all work
together on my computer.

Forgive my bad memory ;-)

--
Rhino


I'm glad you posted here, in a motherboard group, because we can give you
the right answer.

First, you have to consider the media limits of the device you're using.
For example, many people will glom onto "SATA III" for a hard drive
and say to themselves "dis baby gonna fly". Well, the thing is, the
platters and head assembly on a rotating media hard drive, have a
limited transfer speed. On a good day, somewhere in the 125MB/sec to 135MB/sec
transfer range. SATA III is largely a waste for such a chore. SATA II
is perfectly acceptable for hard drives. Only an SSD can justify SATA III,
because it's possible to build flash based drives with less of a media-based
limitation. (Just keep putting more flash chips in parallel, on more channels.)

So, let's consider your optical drive question. I'm going to reverse the
order a bit here, to save time.

First, I check my DVD burner on my IDE bus. And this is what Nero InfoTool
reports, for the current transfer mode. IDE has various UDMA modes, and
the modes are set up to be backward compatible. The fastest mode the bus
applies, is not always available on the device itself. That's why I'm checking
it, rather than just reporting the max the bus supports. For example, if
you visit some website, it promises UDMA6 and 133MB/sec speeds. On my
optical drive, it reports UDMA4 and 66MB/sec as the bus speed right now.
The bus can go faster, but the optical drive has chosen those numbers
as (perfectly acceptable) limits. You'll see why that's good enough in a moment.

http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/6...p20idemode.gif

I translate the UDMA4 number, with a table from here.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UDMA

"Ultra DMA 4 Ultra ATA/66 66.7 MB/sec

Next stop, is an article on DVDs. There is a "DVD drive speed"
table, half way down the page. I take the fastest entry from that
table. The last time I checked, I couldn't find any 24X media,
so I don't know if anyone has actually managed to run this
speed of media in the real world.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dvd

Drive speed 24 33.24 MB/sec

That means my IDE connected DVD drive is perfectly acceptable
for the job (66.7 33.24, no starvation will occur). I also
own a SATA DVD burner as well, and I really don't care
on a given day, which one is connected. One drive makes a bit
more motor noise than the other, but that's the only difference
between my 66MB/sec IDE DVD drive and whatever speed the SATA DVD
wants to claim.

By the way, if you're checking your SATA drive for a "UDMA speed",
the speed reported is bogus. On an Intel system it'll report
UDMA5, primarily because on Intel IDE ports, they never supported
more than UDMA5. On other chipsets, you'll see a bogus UDMA6 report.
The SATA speed is not determined by "UDMA" at all (the hardware
path is different, it's a high speed serial bus). And such a report
is primarily present for compatibility reasons, to keep any
inquisitive software happy. That bogus value reported, has nothing
to do with the actual hardware transfers.

The only situation you'd have to worry about, would be placing
your DVD burner inside a USB2 enclosure. Some enclosure chips plus
motherboard combinations, cannot hit the 33.24MB/sec speed. For
example, one ATI Southbridge is down around 20MB/sec USB2 max,
due to a bad Southbridge design. If you own such a motherboard,
and you had the mythical 24X DVD media, then you'd be better off
connecting the burner to your motherboard IDE or SATA ports, rather
than a USB2 socket.

Sorry I didn't read your computer-hardware-explained site :-)

HTH,
Paul
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Old January 16th 12, 07:11 PM posted to alt.comp.periphs.mainboard.asus
Rhino[_3_]
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Default DVD Burner - IDE vs SATA


"Paul" wrote in message
...
Rhino wrote:

"Rhino" wrote in message
...
Am I right in believing that a DVD burner using SATA is going to be
noticeably faster in burning disks (given the same speed, e.g. 12X) than
an IDE-based burner?

It's time I replaced my old burner because it's getting harder and
harder to coax the drawer open. It can take up to five minutes of
clicking on "Eject" in the Windows context menu before the darned thing
finally opens. I have the ASUS-M3A motherboard which has SATA so I
assume that I can get a SATA-based burner. (Correct me if I'm wrong!)

How many SATA devices will that board support? I already have two SATA
hard drives and intend to install a third SATA hard drive very soon so
is a SATA burner even possible or will I have exhausted my SATA capacity
at that point?

Sorry, that may be a dumb question. I'm not a hardware guy and know
almost nothing about SATA and IDE.


Please disregard this question. A quick Google brought up this page -
http://www.computer-hardware-explain...ta-vs-ide.html - which says
SATA is hands-down faster than IDE. I also see from a previous post I had
made that someone already told me that I could connect 4 SATA devices to
my ASUS M3A motherboard. That means my two existing SATA hard drives, a
SATA DVD burner and a third SATA hard drive will all work together on my
computer.

Forgive my bad memory ;-)

--
Rhino


I'm glad you posted here, in a motherboard group, because we can give you
the right answer.

First, you have to consider the media limits of the device you're using.
For example, many people will glom onto "SATA III" for a hard drive
and say to themselves "dis baby gonna fly". Well, the thing is, the
platters and head assembly on a rotating media hard drive, have a
limited transfer speed. On a good day, somewhere in the 125MB/sec to
135MB/sec
transfer range. SATA III is largely a waste for such a chore. SATA II
is perfectly acceptable for hard drives. Only an SSD can justify SATA III,
because it's possible to build flash based drives with less of a
media-based
limitation. (Just keep putting more flash chips in parallel, on more
channels.)

So, let's consider your optical drive question. I'm going to reverse the
order a bit here, to save time.

First, I check my DVD burner on my IDE bus. And this is what Nero InfoTool
reports, for the current transfer mode. IDE has various UDMA modes, and
the modes are set up to be backward compatible. The fastest mode the bus
applies, is not always available on the device itself. That's why I'm
checking
it, rather than just reporting the max the bus supports. For example, if
you visit some website, it promises UDMA6 and 133MB/sec speeds. On my
optical drive, it reports UDMA4 and 66MB/sec as the bus speed right now.
The bus can go faster, but the optical drive has chosen those numbers
as (perfectly acceptable) limits. You'll see why that's good enough in a
moment.

http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/6...p20idemode.gif

I translate the UDMA4 number, with a table from here.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UDMA

"Ultra DMA 4 Ultra ATA/66 66.7 MB/sec

Next stop, is an article on DVDs. There is a "DVD drive speed"
table, half way down the page. I take the fastest entry from that
table. The last time I checked, I couldn't find any 24X media,
so I don't know if anyone has actually managed to run this
speed of media in the real world.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dvd

Drive speed 24 33.24 MB/sec

That means my IDE connected DVD drive is perfectly acceptable
for the job (66.7 33.24, no starvation will occur). I also
own a SATA DVD burner as well, and I really don't care
on a given day, which one is connected. One drive makes a bit
more motor noise than the other, but that's the only difference
between my 66MB/sec IDE DVD drive and whatever speed the SATA DVD
wants to claim.

By the way, if you're checking your SATA drive for a "UDMA speed",
the speed reported is bogus. On an Intel system it'll report
UDMA5, primarily because on Intel IDE ports, they never supported
more than UDMA5. On other chipsets, you'll see a bogus UDMA6 report.
The SATA speed is not determined by "UDMA" at all (the hardware
path is different, it's a high speed serial bus). And such a report
is primarily present for compatibility reasons, to keep any
inquisitive software happy. That bogus value reported, has nothing
to do with the actual hardware transfers.

The only situation you'd have to worry about, would be placing
your DVD burner inside a USB2 enclosure. Some enclosure chips plus
motherboard combinations, cannot hit the 33.24MB/sec speed. For
example, one ATI Southbridge is down around 20MB/sec USB2 max,
due to a bad Southbridge design. If you own such a motherboard,
and you had the mythical 24X DVD media, then you'd be better off
connecting the burner to your motherboard IDE or SATA ports, rather
than a USB2 socket.

Sorry I didn't read your computer-hardware-explained site :-)


Wow, you're a wealth of information as usual, Paul! I'm going to need a bit
of time to digest all of this....

I'll come back if I have any followup questions.

Thanks again!

--
Rhino

 




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