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Oh, ATA may be superior if you like to walk around with an HDD in your pocket. It has never been a serious problem for server building though. SCSI has some serious advantages performance-wise, like not using CPU for transfers (this is why DMA is an IDE thing). I agree if you say these advantages are fading nowadys. SCSI is still a great thing to have. I've used SCSI for years at work and home, unfortunately(?) I have had too few problems to learn the SCSI in depth.
I think that SATA will soon take over a lot of the place of SCSI. It is fast, reliable, and controllers with 8 SATA ports are available. Also, SATA cables are much better for airflow, even over rounded cables. Not that any of this is too relevant.
Funny you should mention controller as an influence on the scsi drive.
When transfering the scsi drive back to the win machine it kept some
record of its former ID regardless of a different controller. It seemed
the former controller had left some id file on the drive.
This is probably why I had bios problems. That is a guess maybe someone has an explaination.
All I hear from the experts that scsi drives are the best and yes their the best when it comes to speed but I must be honest and say I am impressed with SATA for the silence and lower temp. For me I not serving info I am making it. Being with a computer that uses scsi can be daunting when it gets into crunching data. It feels like its scrapping the bottom of a sand glass on a drum. Perfectly adequate for a server room but for home and office, no.