Help Me Pick Out A New Hdd?
Posted 14 April 2009 - 07:38 AM
I am thinking of getting this http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822152134 640GB for $60 shipped sounds good to me. It has a 3 year warranty. Samsung is the only brand of hdd I have owned that has failed but it seems like a good deal and has a warranty.
First question: Is that a good deal for the hdd?
I know, I know, its SATA. I am going to buy this http://www.dealextre...ls.dx/sku.12537 so that won't be a problem.
Questions two: Is there any speed loss with these converters? One reviewer says he is getting 4.6MB/second transfer rate I currently have a 5400rpm in my xbox so imagine this 7200rpm should load games much quicker even if there is a little speed loss from the conversion.
Posted 14 April 2009 - 07:55 AM
the speed loss from the sata-ide converter sounds reasonable. however, a 7200 rpm drive will not increase your speed at all. this is becasue the xbox's ide cable and motherboard have a limited data speed, so data will only transfer as fast as the xbox can read, not as fast as the drive can output.
if you do get a 7200 rpm hdd, most people recommend running your fan at a higher speed, because the hard drive will spin faster, generating more heat. more extreme people cut holes on the hdd tray to increase air flow to the hdd. i don't know if it actually helps, but it was fairly simple so i did it. i wouldn't recommend if you are inexperienced in case mods, but if you can do it, it doesn't seem like it could hurt at all.
that's just my $0.02.
Posted 14 April 2009 - 03:33 PM
Posted 14 April 2009 - 06:51 PM
Posted 15 April 2009 - 01:39 AM
If you're lucky that won't be a problem. Speed is the least of you're worries when trying to get SATA to work with a console; in many cases, it just doesn't work at all.
Personally I find my Samsung 750gb SATA drive is fairly slow, at least, compared to the old Seagate 320gb PATA I had in there before. The most noticeable problem is that it takes about ten seconds to boot an XBE file. However, once a program is running it'll operate more or less as normal (XBMC can still "instantly" start videos and seek through them, for eg) - the speed difference is minor compared to, say, how slow a DVD drive is.
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