Difference between SATA and ATA

By erbridges
Apr 8, 2006
  1. Hi. Can someone explain the difference between SATA and ATA? I'm looking at laptops online, and the only laptops I see with 7200 RPM are SATA. All the ATA's are 5400 RPM. Thanks.
  2. Jimbo420

    Jimbo420 TS Rookie Posts: 356

    Biggest difference between the two is the types of connectors that are used to connect to the motherboard. Other then that sata is a bit faster, but nothing really different.
  3. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

  4. erbridges

    erbridges TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Okay, got it. Thanks Jimbo and Spike.
  5. Jimbo420

    Jimbo420 TS Rookie Posts: 356

    Yeah like what spike said :p
  6. Tedster

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

    SATA is faster, and a newer technology than P ATA. Also SATA drives run on their own channel. There is no slaving or secondary drives on a SATA channel. SATA hard drives use smaller cables. SATA is SERIAL, ATA (PATA) is Parellel.
  7. lukeyu

    lukeyu TS Rookie

  8. Jimbo420

    Jimbo420 TS Rookie Posts: 356

    I think that spike pretty well covered that stuff.
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