Hard drive SATA or ATA

  pj1664 22:11 27 Feb 2006

Well guys what is the difference between these two. I am looking to buy a drive but not sure which one is the right one to buy. I have a pc with the grey ribbon like cable/wireing. Would this mean its a ATA drive? I am confuse.

  GuZ><0r 22:12 27 Feb 2006

The hard drive that you would need is a Serial ATA.

  pj1664 22:14 27 Feb 2006

Thank you GuZ><0r

  gudgulf 22:22 27 Feb 2006

The grey ribbon cable is a standard IDE ata drive cable........SATA uses a very thin (often red)connection cable.

Your motherboard needs to have support and connectors fitted for SATA if you want one of those.click here

Technically SATA drives are capable of faster data transfer.....up to 150Mb/s or 300 for SATA 2 compared to a maximum of 133Mb/s for an IDE drive.

In practise no drive can even reach anywhere near the older IDE standard data transfer rate so it would make sense to stick with an IDE drive to match what you already have click here

  007al 22:24 27 Feb 2006

Grey ribbon cable is ATA or IDE drive,and not Serial ATA.
What model motherboard do you have?

  pj1664 22:42 27 Feb 2006

The motherboard is a Foxconn 661FX

  007al 22:55 27 Feb 2006

This is your board click here
It takes ATA drives only,so look for ATA or IDE when shopping for a new drive

  De Marcus™ 22:57 27 Feb 2006

Err, for posterity it doesn't matter what colour the cable is. I've blue, pink, red and purple sata cables, white, grey, transparent and orange ide cables. The most obvious visual difference being that ide cables have an approx 2" adaptor plug whilst sata has only an approx 1" adaptor plug.

In your case the foxconn 661fx is IDE.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:57 27 Feb 2006

Pata/ Sata Connection
click here

  007al 23:00 27 Feb 2006

Yes,but SATA are not ribbon like

  De Marcus™ 23:12 27 Feb 2006

Quite correct, but to a person not in the know what a ribbon cable looks like, the word 'ribbon' means nothing.

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