Harddrive interface compatability?

By dgatorfan
Jan 5, 2007
  1. Is there any compatability problems associated with the different hard drive interfaces? ATA vs ATA/100 vs ATA/100? I am about to purchase alarger hard drive and my computer is only compatible with IDE hard drives (No SATA) and I want to make sure I buy one that is compatible?
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    ATA hard drives are backwards compatible, meaning an ata 133 will work fine at 33, 66, and 100 as well as its 133 maximum.
  3. monton

    monton TS Booster Posts: 110

    To get the full throughput of 66, 100, or 133 you will need an 80 pin cable although they will work with a 40 pin.
  4. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Just put all your hard drives on an 80 conductor, 40 connector cable, and set your jumpers appropriately.
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