Beyond Mirco 250GB/8MB Cache/External HDD

By Pheryllt
Jun 26, 2006
  1. Im thinking of Buying the Beyond Micro External HDD. I am having trouble finding if its compatible with my current pc. The HDD I want says its got an Interface of USB 2.0. My current HDD has an interface of ATA/133.

    My question is: Even thought the Beyond Micro HDD is an External USB does it have to have the same interface as my curent HDD, which im guessing is my pc's interface or does it mean that if you have a USB it will work?

    The Beyond Micro does say:
    Complies with Universal Serial Bus Specification Rev. 2.0.
    Complies with T13's ATA/ATAPI-6 Draft Specification
    Supports PIO modes 0, 3, 4, and UDMA modes 2, 4
    Supports Power Down mode and USB suspend indicator.
    Supports Wakeup ability
    Works with both PC and Mac
    Plug-and-play and hot-swappable connection
    Plug and Play

    Does this have anthing to do with its compatability with my computer?

    Thanks for your help.
  2. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    The USB 2.0 is simply how it connects to your computer and transfers it's data. depending on how much they want for the micro. you can probably buy a hard drive and enclosure from Newegg for alot less.
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    if you wish to add an IDE (ATA) drive to USB you need a USB to IDE converter. They cost about $20. Also many external hard drive enclosures have them built in.
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