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Topic # 31245 10-Mar-2009 11:59
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Hi guys, need some advise on SATA to IDE converters.

I am looking at some heavy duty Hardrives (seagate sv35 series) for 24 hour surveillance systems.

Nowadays these kind of HDD's are hard to come by in IDE form.

The SATA drives are readily availiable and come with a 5 year warranty.

Would it be wise to buy a SATA to IDE converter (like the one at JAYCAR $40) or should i just bit the bullet and use the standard HDD with 3year warranty?

I think adding a SATA controller is too expensive and problematic?



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  Reply # 200372 10-Mar-2009 12:18
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I've used a SATA converter once and to be honest it probably is the best option - certainly for many embedded Linux DVR's it is the only solution as many still only support IDE.

The Seagate AV's are available in IDE up to 500GB and SATA in 500, 750 and 1TB

As for which drive to choose I'd probably go for the AV model if cooling is a significant issue. These drives definately do handle heat a lot better however if you have adequate cooling then your most common issue is partly overcome.

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  Reply # 200376 10-Mar-2009 12:24
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thanks sbiddle

the ST3500630AV 500gb HDD is around but because it is old stock i can only find a few stores selling it and it only comes with a 1 year warranty not 5.

I have been using pricespy and priceme websites.

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