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Hard drive - IDE or ATA

By korrupt ยท 6 replies
Jun 21, 2006
  1. Hello,

    I am planning to build a portable hard drive from my 80gb seagate barracuda but am not sure if it is an IDE or ATA card... In my device manager it sais IDE but on some websites it says ATA. Is ATA the same as SATA? Does this mean I will need a SATA external case? The model number is seagate barracuda st380011a.
    I would really appreciate any help


  2. fastco

    fastco TS Booster Posts: 1,123

    ATA is the formal name for IDE. An IDE drive connects to the motherboard using a 40 pin cable, usually flat. ATA is not the same as SATA which stands for Serial ATA and it connects using a 7 wire round cable. You need an IDE to USB or Firewire connector to make your hard drive portable. Hope that helps
  3. Quickice

    Quickice TS Rookie

    SATA the way to go

    Sata is very good i changed from an IDE drive to a sata drive and WHAT a difference!
  4. Tedster

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

    IDE aka PATA aka ATA are all the same.

    SATA is not the same as ATA (older)

    don't mix the two in a system. USE SATA or IDE
  5. korrupt

    korrupt TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 716

    Thanks for your reply,

    I know know what I need to do.

    I appreciate everyone's help.

    This thread may now be closed.


  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    2 IDE and 2 SATA drives in one of my systems, I'm even booting off the sata drive. Also booting Vista beta 2 off an IDE drive. I have no clue how so many people have problems running both. AFAIK there is no reason you can't run both.

    btw my motherboard is Asus K8NE-Deluxe
  7. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    I don't know why a few people insist others should not run systems with dual drives (IDE SATA)
    I go back and forth all the time
    even have 1 pata drive 1 sata drive and 1 scsi in a system running no error for 6 months.
    that said
    there are issues with config and it can be a pain on some MBs to get the config to work
    on other MB's no issues at all
    your portable drive is going to have a adapter to convert to usb anyway
    just make sure your drive file system is set to basic
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