I need to install an additional hard drive in my computer, which I bought in spring 2003. The current (80G) drive has:
IBM Deskstar IC35L080AVVA07-0 ATA/IDE
written on it.
I learn from various sites that this disk has a UDMA100 interface
So, does this disk drive support both ATA and IDE?
What kind of drive should I buy to work best with the system - ATA, IDE or/and UDMA? How do I find out whether my system supports UDMA? I'm pretty skint, so am wanting to get up to 120 additional gigs for about 50 quid.
There should already be a spare connector on the IDE (the flat ribbon) cable attached to your existing hard drive. Ideally your hard drives should be on the same cable - as master and slave - and the optical drives on the second cable.
The terms IDE and ATA are interchangeable - the same thing.
UDMA100 refers to the speed of transfer of data. Any drive you buy today will be UDMA100 or UDMA133 - both will work fine together in the system - though if your system only supports up to 100 - then that's the speed it will run at.