I'm wating for someone to respond! I aso have a P4PE. I have a 200gb WD that's acting "flaky" (was on the promise controller, sometimes there, sometimes, not, file transfers sometimes fail). I moved it over to the IDE, and it's still "flaky", so I guess it wasn't the promise controller.
I'm debating whether to replace it with a PATA or SATA drive. I'd like a SATA just because it's newer, and who knows what computer I'll have in a year and want to move it into. But since this P4PE is a few years old, I'm concerned if the SATA connection is a "true" one, and not some early "cobbled" setup. Also, if I ever want to put this new hard drive in an enclosure (as a backup drive) and connect with USB/IEE1394, looks like SATA enclosures are just appearing and quite expensive.
I picked up a 300gb Seagate 7200.8 with PATA yesterday (Circuit City, $100 after $80 rebate). I'm not going to open it until I see the weekend deals and continue looking for other's experience on the web. I've found some P4PE postings that indicate no problems, others that indicate their PATA drives are faster than their SATA drive.
I'm not going to spend a ton-o-money (so I say), so I was looking for a good deal in the 250gb-300gb range. The Maxtor DiamondMax 10 SATA is priced nice - I'm reading through all the opinions (good and bad) on this drive too.
Aren't there any P4PE users out there with SATA experience? I see SATA controller cards are $15 - $50 as a last resort (of course I could put this towards a new motherboard too, then I'd need a faster processor, a new graphics card, argh!!)