80GB SATA or 120GB IDE to put in enclosure??

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by shmegal325i, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. shmegal325i macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2011
    I had two hard drives sitting around so I decided to buy a IDE/SATA enclosure to use one as an external hard drive.

    Hitachi Deskstar 80GB 7200RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s:

    Seagate Barracuda 120GB 7200RPM:

    Both have 8MB cache and the Hitachi seems to have better seek time.

    Anyways, 40GB of extra space would be nice to have. Is there a big difference between SATA and IDE interfaces, as well as the quality of the drives themselves (i.e performance, reliability, overall build quality)? Go for the extra space or the performance?
  2. JesterJJZ macrumors 68020


    Jul 21, 2004
    You won't notice a difference. You're obviously not shuffling mass amounts of data around since you're even asking for advice and such small drives, not meant to sound negative. If you're after some extra space might as well have the bigger drive. :)

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