What do these mean?

  newearwax 21:14 20 Mar 2004

I have seen articles about harddrives refer to
SATA, S-ATA and RAID. What do the letters mean and are there any advantages to each type and are there other types as well? Are some likely to become obsolescent and thus give trouble if they or associated other hardware has to be replaced?
Thank you.

  The BB 21:26 20 Mar 2004

Have a look on whatis.com;

SATA / IDE / EIDE / SCCI etc. are ll types of hardware connection to a disk - with pros and cons (speed/performance)

RAID is about resilience where more than one disk is used - typically RAID 1 or RAID 5 - to protect against a hard disk failure and also, in some cases to improve performance.

Common modern motherboards would offer EIDE-133 (but make sure you have a 133 cable) to give the interface to the disk.

  woodchip 21:27 20 Mar 2004

SATA is the faster drives from ATA, a RAID drive is so you can backup the same info to two disc's at the same time

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