External SATA HD for 3 yr old Dell laptop- waste of money?

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by TD, Mar 14, 2007.

  1. TD

    TD Guest

    I need to order a new external drive from Newegg for use with my 2004 Dell
    8600 laptop, and was guessing that I probably wouldn't realize the benefits
    of an SATA unit without an SATA-enabled motherboard. Am I correct, or is
    there some other upside to going ahead with the SATA over an Ultra ATA?

    Thanks for any assistance on this...
    TD, Mar 14, 2007
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  2. TD

    TD Guest

    Good point meerkat. Newegg has a 250GB SATA 16MB cache hd for $75. So it
    will still work with my ATA system (backwards compatible), right?
    TD, Mar 14, 2007
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    TD Guest

    Side question-- is it possible to use an ATA-interface enclosure?
    TD, Mar 14, 2007
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    TD Guest

    Thanks, Tim. Kingwin makes some good-looking enclosures. Looks like I need a
    slight education on this, though. Here's my questions:

    1. Does the express card adapter allow my laptop to utilize the SATA
    interface benefits?
    2. My laptop only has the older PC card slot. Is there a workaround for
    3. If I can't put together any type of adapter configuration with my PC slot
    to utilize the SATA interface, is it still possible to use (until I buy a
    SATA system) a SATA drive in an ATA enclosure, connected
    to my laptop with either a USB 1.0 or 1394 connection without
    compatibility or heat problems?
    4. Or, at the least, do I need to use a SATA enclosure?

    Thanks for enlightening me,
    TD, Mar 14, 2007
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    Dave Guest

    No. You need an esata connector on your laptop. It's old enough that I'm
    sure you don't have one. You could probably put an expansion card in your
    laptop to add an esata connector. But your laptop is old enough you might
    be better off to buy a new one. (new laptop, that is)

    You could get an external USB 2.0 hard drive to use with your laptop, but it
    would only be fast enough for infrequent backup storage use. -Dave
    Dave, Mar 14, 2007
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    Dave Guest

    Dave, Mar 14, 2007
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    dillegm Guest

    Not really backwards compatible, but I found a handy little adapter that
    allows you to connect a SATA HDD to your non-SATA motherboard's IDE
    connectors, or...
    I have a USB external HD unit. You just slide your HD into it, plug in the
    cables, and plug it into your USB port on your laptop. In your case, you
    could use the adapter and the USB external drive unit together with your new
    SATA drive. That would do what you want nicely.

    dillegm, Mar 16, 2007
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    Mar 28, 2017
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    Good point meerkat. Newegg has a 250GB SATA 16MB cache hd for $75. So it
    will still work with my ATA system (backwards compatible), right?
    QacQoc, Mar 28, 2017
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