I need to replace the DVD writer on my computer which is around eight years old. I see the replcement units advertised as PATA or SATA. I am not sure what this means. Is it that the PATA is the older form of connection and is more likely to be suitable for my ageing machine? On the back of the old unit a broad ribbon cable connecttion is evident. An explanation would be most welcome!
The age of the computer and the description you give of the broad cable (ribbon cable) would suggest that you need a PATA drive rather than a SATA drive. PATA = Parallel ATA SATA = the newer Serial ATA interface.
Interesting idea but to buy one would add close to £20.00 to my "cheap" replacement. My machine is old so I dont really want to spend too much on it. I can get a decent DVD writer using PATA for around £25.Thnks for the idea, though.
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