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#1 darkslategrey

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Posted 08 March 2009 - 04:17 PM

I'm fixing up an old comp and I want to get a larger HDD for it, but I'm having trouble finding a reasonably-priced IDE HDD. Are PATA (not SATA) drives compatible with IDE ribbon cables and motherboard interfaces?

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Posted 08 March 2009 - 04:41 PM

Yes, PATA (can also be called ATA) is the same thing as IDE, just different names.
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Posted 10 March 2009 - 03:22 PM

Okay, thanks. So there's no sizing issues I might need adapters for? (except notebook drives)
And SATA is not compatible?

Edited by darkslategrey, 10 March 2009 - 03:24 PM.


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Posted 10 March 2009 - 03:38 PM

I would suggest two things:

a. If your motherboard doesn't support SATA...just buy a PCI card that provides SATA conectivity/capability. Even a card that only supports SATA I...is decidedly better than PATA and can use SATA II hard drives.

Example Only: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16816132001

b. Rather than buy PATA hard drives today...buy SATA drives since they are definitely faster and more likely to be useful tomorrow on any system.

I use PATA drives because I already have them...I haven't bought a PATA drive in 3 years, no point in looking back when I can look forward.

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 06:05 PM

The bus speed for PCI is 133MB/s, a PATA's transfer speed is 100MB/s. If the best that you are going to get is a 33MB/s upgrade after the purchase of the card, finding, downloading and installing the SATA drivers, I don't think it is worth the hassle.

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