britannia310 22:46 17 Feb 2005

Can anybody tell me the difference between IDE and ATA cables? and can an ATA hard drive be used in an IDE slot?

  JonnyTub 22:48 17 Feb 2005
  hugh-265156 22:50 17 Feb 2005

ATA is exactly the same as IDE as far as i know.

SATA is totally different.

  hugh-265156 22:51 17 Feb 2005

sorry JonnyTub

  JonnyTub 22:52 17 Feb 2005


  britannia310 22:52 17 Feb 2005

Thanks for the help

  FelixTCat 22:54 17 Feb 2005

IDE and ATA are the same thing. I suspect you mean the difference between IDE and Serial ATA (SATA).

Serial ATA (SATA) is a new technology which promises faster file transfer and, almost as important, uses a thin cable instead of the 80 wire cable needed for modern IDE drives. This improves airflow in the case. The power cable is also different. The motherboard must support SATA for it to be fitted.

  JonnyTub 22:56 17 Feb 2005

and the psu or a converter connector :=)

  paddyjack 23:02 17 Feb 2005

I have both on my comp.

SATA has its problems, especially if using XP as it needs the drivers loaded before XP itself.

SATA is faster it is also hotter so ideally an extra fan needed.

In use install and forget, no more problematic than IDE, and about the same price. Take your pick.

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