Must I add an SATA hdd to use Windows MSE 2005?

Posted on 2006-06-07
Last Modified: 2008-03-04
I have jsut bought a Windows MSE 2005 from ebay (3 disks version - legal!). I planned to add it to my IBM netVista 8307-82U. following is the spec: Intel Pentium 4 2.66 GHz; IBM Hard Drive  DMA/ATA-100 (Ultra) 40G storage; 1 Gig DDR SDRAM ; motherboard Bus Speed  533 MHz; WindowsXP Pro.

Recently I'm using this machine as pvr with ATI TV Wonder Elite card and Nero software. The effect is satisfactory. However, the World Soccer is coming and I want to perfect my system to give my husband the best possible PVR experience. So I had planned to add more storage space and upgrade to MSE 2005. However, after I bought the OS i made a little study in this site and it seems there needs to be a specific hardware envirolment to make MSE 2005 function. So I want to know is my present hardware setting good enough? What else do I need to add? Can MSE run on a PATA drive like what I have now? And since I have decided to buy a larger drive, I don't mind buying a SATA; but I'll have to add a card for it. How much will this extra PCI card cost me? And is the performance of SATA on a PCI card worth investing?

Thank you!
Question by:causewaybay
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    by MSE, do you mean MCE, as in Media Center Edition?
    you can run MCE on any hard drive type.  PATA is fine.

    SATA will be faster than PATA for disk access, but you need to check your motherboard to see if it can handle SATA.

    as for your desire to watch/record TV on a computer, it really doesn't make a difference if you are using PATA (which is IDE) or SATA.
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    Agreed - ever see a TiVo - they use PATA 5400 RPM disks - the 7200 can generate too much heat for the TiVo boxes and the requirements for writing data to the disks on a PVR is generally not very high.  You should be fine with what you have.

    If you WANT to get SATA, go ahead, it shouldn't hurt anything.  The addon controllers go for as little as $12 at
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    by:Mohammed Hamada
    I Agree with what i posted above becoz I believe that there's no big difference between MCE 2004/2005 and XP professional as only few things has been changed..
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