Originally Posted by Bob_Collins
I agree, the SATA drive itself should last just as long as the IDE drive, however keep one thing in mind. There is no such thing as a truly "free-ride" and that IDE-SATA adapter is also going to consume power, which will add to the load on the power supply, thus you'll be pulling more power than you would if you used the IDE drive with the same power specifications. This extra load on the power supply could indeed hurt the longevity of the unit, but should not affect the drive's lifespan.
If you go back to post #4062 on page 136, the original drive that Auskck was discussing was the WD5000AAKB
which is the Western Digital Caviar Blue EIDE
Now, correct me if I'm wrong, Auskck, but somewhere along the line you chose to go with the WD5000AAKS
instead which is the identical twin
format. If you'd like to check out the specs for yourself, follow the links (the power draw and physical dimensions are exactly the same on both 500GB drives).
I was considering buying the WD5000AAKB, but if Auskck's WD5000AAKS works out, I see no reason why the EIDE version wouldn't perform just as well. I understand we all have different levels of paranoia about our DVDR's. Rightfully so, considering all indicators point to them being "the end of the line." I only have one H2160. When mine goes a year old in 10 months, I consider this replacement to be a "reasonable" risk considering everything we've discussed...just one computer guy's opinion.
Usage W increase: +2.67
Idle W increase: +5.1
Standby W increase: +0.47
No fit issues (same height).
Those are the numbers going from a Hitachi Deskstar 160GB (found in my Magnavox H2160) to the Western Digital 500GB EIDE and/or SATA drive, as Auskck will be testing very soon.