Difference between SATA and ATA

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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.
 

Jimbo420

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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.
 

Tedster

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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.
 
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