Hard Drives(SATA or IDE? )

By hichael
Sep 26, 2007
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  1. Hello All

    What is the difference between the SATA Hard Drive and IDE?. Which one is the best to buy.

    -Seagate 750GB Barracuda 7200.10 IDE Ultra/100 - HD-ST3750640A
    -Seagate 750GB Barracuda 7200.10 SATA 3Gb/s - HD-ST3750640AS


    Thanks.

    Hichael
  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    SATA is newer, faster, and better.
    IDE (also known as PATA or ATA) is older and slower.

    It is not recommended you mix the techonologies. It may or may not work depending on the motherboard you have. I have learned this from experience.
  3. zipperman

    zipperman Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,423   +7

    My thoughts

    I've had a 160 GB for 7 months.I really see no difference and a SATA
    is a pain to install.
    Both are usually 7200 rpm and NTFS Formated.
    Mine was a gift or i would have got the best Seagate of the 2 listed.
    :)
  4. nickslick74

    nickslick74 Newcomer, in training Posts: 883

    A pain to install??? I find it much easier to deal with the SATA cables than the giant grey ribbons that IDE uses. Much easier for case mangement also.

    HERE is a link that explains about SATA and it's benefits over IDE.
  5. zipperman

    zipperman Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,423   +7

    Things do get improved

    It seems you havn't seen the new (round) IDE cables.
    I changed mine several years ago.
    Go accesory shopping.I recommend changeing those ancient ribbon cables
    ASAP.
    Your link taught me nothing.I do not want to join up.
    But installing Raid drivers can be difficult.:(
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