external hard drive

  the golfer 19:32 27 Mar 2008

What does 'SATA' mean regarding an external hard drive??

  FreeCell 20:12 27 Mar 2008

Hard drives come in two different standards SATA and PATA, the latter also known as IDE.

S is serial and P is parallel and this indicates how data is transferred to the disc.

SATA is the later technology and generally gives high data transfer speeds.

In External drives the use indicates which standard the hard drive inside uses. If you see eSATA then this is a newer connectivity that allows external hard drives to be connected to PCs with higher transfer speeds. You need aen eSATA connector on the PC to use this though.

If you see this on an External Hard drive caddy then it indicates the type of disc that can be installed in the caddy, either a SATA or IDE.

Hope that helps.

  jack 20:13 27 Mar 2008

click here

But as you are referring to an extren Hard Drive - which I presume you mean a whole unit that will connect to a computer via USBII or Fire Wire.
The question is academic- it will not affext anything you are doing via your computer.

  the golfer 20:21 27 Mar 2008

Many thanks for the info.

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