The next technology for the home computer is the Serial ATA hard drive. The technology will up the data transfer bandwidth, albeit only by 13% over ATA133 in its first release, or 150MBPS. Aside from the speed, a big plus is cable management. No more 40 conductor cables to deal with. SATA only uses 7 conductors. Many of the new highend motherboards come with SATA support...the Asus A7NX8 deluxe version for one. Currently, the Seagate 80GB Barracuda is the only SATA drive on the market and you can get one for $135 samolies. Maxtor has one on its way to market right now. There's a complete write up on Serial ATA at ExplosiveLabs.