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    ata hard drives

    im about to buy a new ata 160 gig hard drive but

    i dont know if my pc is compatible with ATA because someone told me they are really new

    but my pc is only a year old

    can someone tell me how to figure out if i will be able to use it?

    #2
    Serial-ATA - new
    ATA or EIDE - normal

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      #3
      ATA has a really small plug, where as IDE has long plug.

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        #4
        Find out what main board you have go on the internet and check the specs!

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          #5
          ATA is the same as EIDE. What kind of mobo do you have? If it was top of the line a year ago, it could have a SATA header.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Arclite
            ATA has a really small plug, where as IDE has long plug.
            i think you mean s-ata has a small plug. and ata133, ata 100 etc has the long flat 80 pin connector.

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              #7
              Originally posted by ned-uk
              i think you mean s-ata has a small plug. and ata133, ata 100 etc has the long flat 80 pin connector.
              hmmm, my bad. I wish my PC had SATA . I was purchsing 200GB HDD the other day, saw SATA and IDE side by side. Unfortuanatly i had to go with the ancient technology .

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                #8
                my mother board is NForce and this is the hard drive


                http://www.circuitcity.com/detail.js...qp=0&oid=67646

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                  #9
                  If you are thinking of SATA I would recommend the Raptors from Western Digital. They are 10,000 RPM with 8 MB cache. I have one and am getting another for RAID.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Arclite
                    hmmm, my bad. I wish my PC had SATA . I was purchsing 200GB HDD the other day, saw SATA and IDE side by side. Unfortuanatly i had to go with the ancient technology .
                    dont worry you aint missing that much really.

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                      #11
                      Unless your computer is an intel 386 with like 8MB ram, you should be able to use that hardrive, I have the 80GB model. Most if not all motherboards that are less than 6 years old have an onboard IDE.

                      Sata is total ****, some sata hardrives have been known to perform no beter than an ATA100, it's new technology, hasn't been perfected....wait til Sata2 comes out....

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                        #12
                        k stop hijacking my thread and someone tell me if it is compatible with my mother board lol

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by ned-uk
                          dont worry you aint missing that much really.
                          This is true. People with ATA drives can use those nifty rounded cables. \o/

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                            #14
                            It's compatible! Nforce's have ATA controllers on them, like all mobos. Just buy it already!

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by t0x1k
                              Unless your computer is an intel 386 with like 8MB ram, you should be able to use that hardrive, I have the 80GB model. Most if not all motherboards that are less than 6 years old have an onboard IDE.
                              ok thank you

                              im going to buy it tomorrow and if it doesnt work im going to hunt you down but thanks :up:

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