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Serial ATA vs. ATA

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by aleffert, Mar 22, 2006.

  1. aleffert

    aleffert

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    Hi Everybody,

    I was wondering what the difference is between a Serial ATA vs. ATA. I was going to upgrade the hard drive in my Dell Laptop and then take the one that's in it now and make it an external hard drive. Well come to find out it has an SATA hard drive in it. Will a regular ATA drive work in a SATA?

    Well I went and bought my external hard drive case, and the case does not say if it needs an ATA drive or SATA. Just wondering if it would be possible to put the SATA drive in it to mirror the drive in my computer?

    What the big difference with SATA and ATA?

    Thanks in advance for your help. It is much appreciated.

    Andrew
     
  2. NetNinja

    NetNinja Always Faithful

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  3. David_G17

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    FWIW, I think technically it's Parallel ATA vs. Serial ATA.

    no one bothered to call it PATA b/c it was the standard. now that SATA is gaining popularity, it causes lots of confusion.
     
  4. Jumper

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    FWIW my motherboard supports the standard IDE hard drive interface and the Serial ATA. I added a 140 GB SATA drive as a back up and I love it. Data transfer is about twice as fast as IDE and it runs much quieter.