Serial ATA

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by Newt, Jul 18, 2003.

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    Newt Guest

    Newt, Jul 18, 2003
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    AD C Guest

    Thank you, I bookmarked the URL and well have a look tomorrow, when i am
    more awake. I want to know more about Serial ATA as my board supports them
    AD C, Jul 18, 2003
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    Baffie Guest

    I must take a look at this website - there may well be an explanation
    on why such flimsy connectors were specified when it's pretty obvious
    how easy they can be broken.

    Please reply to newsgroup - it's not my address in the header!
    Baffie, Jul 19, 2003
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    Robert Baer Guest

    I think the "fuss" (or hype) is a bit over-rated at best.
    For example, take a "ho-hum" parallel IDE data transfer rate of
    100Mbytes/sec, and make the false assumption that only data is
    transferred via the cable.
    Convert it to raw serial data, without any added control bits =
    800Mbits/sec or almost 1Ghz data rate.
    Then add in the control functions, which translates to 1Ghz or more..
    And the claim it is faster than parallel IDE????????????????????
    Robert Baer, Jul 19, 2003
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    AD C Guest

    they do look flimsy, I must admit, I looked at the cable that came with
    my abit board, I suppose most of the time they are pluged in and left,so
    being flimsy is not a problem.

    You may be able to help me here, one day soon, in the future, when I got
    some money :) , I am looking to buy a Serial ATA drive. I know that
    you need a different data cable, but I also heard you need a convertor
    for the power lead, is that true?

    The only thing that came with my mother board is a data cable and a EIDE
    convertor so I can one my normal har drive on the Serial if I want to.
    See no need to do that yet, unles I was suign raid or I had all my EIDE
    ports filled.
    AD C, Jul 19, 2003
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    AD C Guest

    I will have a look at what you said when I am more awake and then try
    and understand it :)
    AD C, Jul 19, 2003
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    DeMoN LaG Guest

    See, the thing is right now SATA isn't really much faster (if any). The
    difference is that PATA is at the end of it's road, and has little future.
    SATA /can/ go faster when needed.
    DeMoN LaG, Jul 19, 2003
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    RussS Guest

    Consider todays serial ATA to be the equivalent as earlier ATA 33
    standards - 66 was an improvement and future SATA will be an improvement on
    current specs. Saying that my current setup with an ASUS P48SX board is
    much quicker and trouble free than my earlier version P4S333 with PATA
    drives - using the same RAM and processor.
    RussS, Jul 19, 2003
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    GB Guest

    Surely, then, the message is to avoid SATA for now. Whatever hardware is
    bought now will presumably not work with the new faster standard when it
    comes out?

    Is this just hype-ware?
    GB, Jul 19, 2003
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    Thor Guest

    No, the intention is that future S-ATA modes will be backward compatible,
    just as parallel ATA drives and controllers have been backward compatible
    throughout it's lifetime. The key limitations you will likely see over time
    will be in the BIOS just as before.
    Thor, Jul 19, 2003
  11. Indeed...SATA 300 is due mid 2004, and SATA 600 is due sometime 2006.
    Richard Dower, Jul 19, 2003
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    Robert Baer Guest

    Only with rise/fall times in the 100 picosecond region on the basis of
    what i stated.
    Assuming one used 1Ghz signalling rate with 100 picosecond rise/fall
    times, it is obvious that a parallel (byte-wide) protocol is *eight
    times* faster than a serial (bit-wide) protocol.
    If one used a fast signalling method like that to get greater speed,
    then it is stupid to slow down the data transfer by a factor of eight
    (at minimum), thereby wasting that greater speed.
    If one thinks that 100Mbyte/sec is slow, certainly 1,000Mbytes/sec
    would be fairly fast.
    Obviously, the cable as-is cannot easily support such a data ratem so
    differnt vabling would be in order - perhaps similar to whatever is
    being contemplated for SATA (have not looked) ?
    Robert Baer, Jul 20, 2003
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    Tim Auton Guest

    Thor meant future S-ATA modes will be backwards compatible with the
    current S-ATA spec, not with PATA. In the same way as you can use an
    ATA66 drive with an ATA133 controller or a USB1.1 device with a USB2.0
    controller (or whatever they call USBx.x these days).

    Tim Auton, Jul 20, 2003
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    Thor Guest

    First, I wasn't talking about direct backward compatibility between P-ATA
    and S-ATA. I was referring to backward compatibility between different
    generations of S-ATA. This is what the poster I repsonded to was asking.
    whether S-ATA drives available now will work with the faster generations of
    S-ATA controllers that are brought out in the future. There was backward
    compatibility between different generations of P-ATA. S-ATA won't be any
    different in that regard, thus no need to avoid using S-ATA. However, as to
    the issue you mistakenly addressed, there are adapters available right now
    that allow P-ATA drives to interface with S-ATA controllers and ATA drives
    to interface with P-ATA controllers. No, it's not "direct" backward
    compatibility, but it's damn close. Close enough that the compatibitliy
    issues between the two standards are a moot point.
    Thor, Jul 20, 2003
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    V W Wall Guest

    Thor explained the problems with increasing the data transfer rate with
    the present parallel ATA standard(s). Also, remember that the ultimate
    origin and destiny of the data is on the surface of a hard disk platter.
    This is, of itself, a "serial" data train.

    There is some work being done on "parallel" data recording. Multi layers
    in optical data media are being investigated, but using magnetic media,
    SATA looks like the best near-term solution.

    Incidently, without some major change in optical recording, the data density
    is limited by the wavelength of the recording "light". Magnetic recording
    has no such theoretical limitation.

    Virg Wall
    V W Wall, Jul 20, 2003
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    AD C Guest

    DeMoN LaG wrote:

    That is true, but there is one problem with SATA and that is you can
    only put one drive on each port, so to put four drive into a computer,
    you need 4 SATA ports.

    I will not doubt buy a SATA drive when I get a larger hard drive, the
    prices are coming down already and as my board supports them, it leves
    the PATAs free for CDwriter and other slow products.
    AD C, Jul 20, 2003
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    AD C Guest

    GB wrote:

    It will be beack ward compatible, just like PATA and usb is now.
    AD C, Jul 20, 2003
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    Thor Guest

    True, but putting 4 S-ATA ports on the motherboard, or a controller card
    isn't a problem. They are very small in comparison to parallel ATA
    connections. Even with 4 S-ATA cables in the box, it is still easier to
    route and less obstructive than having 2 big fat ribbon cables. Also, you
    don't have to worry about having ribbon cables where the connectors can't
    properly reach both drives at the same time. Each drive gets it's own cable.
    Also no master/slave or CS jumpering to worry about. Just plug and go.
    Thor, Jul 20, 2003
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    Robert Baer Guest

    Ahhhh, you mentioned something i thought of in the mid 1980s..namely
    that since all platters have heads, then *parallel* output is so easy
    and obvious that it is a wonder how stupid HD makers have been (and for
    so long).
    Hell, with 8 platters (16 heads) and a different cable configuration,
    true 16-bit computing could have been achieved at the outset of the
    That was roughly the time that both IDE and SCSI first came out,
    replacing the older MFM multi-cable systems; a lot of new schemes and
    "space" for a (then) kick-ass truly parallel system.
    Oh, you want to *double* the file access speed (on open and close,
    Just put the FAT in the middle of the disk instead of having it at the
    Not my idea; Tandy did that on 8 inch floppies, model 80 if i remember
    Robert Baer, Jul 21, 2003
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    Thor Guest


    No. They use a new style small connector adjacent to the S-ATA Data
    connector. However, current S-ATA drives are often coming with the old-style
    molex for compatibility reasons. There are also adapters available for older
    power supplies. The new ATX spec coming out will have the new S-ATA power
    connector, so new power supplies should start showing up with it.
    Thor, Jul 21, 2003
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