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Old 04-28-2012, 06:19 PM   #1
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Default Differences in HDDs

How do I know if I should be using a Sata, IDE or any of the others? Whats the difference in HDD's?


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Old 04-28-2012, 11:53 PM   #2
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IDE = Drastically slower, more power consumption, jumper hassles, and yucky wires.

S-ATA = Much less power consumption, NO jumper hassles, much smaller neater wires, cheaper, hot-swapping, and a lot faster.

S-ATA HDDs sometimes have no jumper pins (unlike IDE) and possess smaller power and data connections. S-ATA HDDs will usually always have S-ATA written on them somewhere. It's pretty difficult to confuse them, IMO.

IDE HDDs always (I know no exceptions) have at least 8 pins (possibly 6 for older ones?) for the jumper settings, a large 40-pin data connection and a standard 4-pin molex connection for the power. These are easy to spot.

Some motherboards support IDE and S-ATA, while others support only one or the other; you can find out what your motherboard supports by looking online, on the motherboard, or on your motherboard's manual. To identify the motherboard's connections, it's as simple as:

S-ATA motherboard connections = Small.
IDE motherboard connections = Large.

About as simple as that, and you can always Google for more info if you need it.

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Old 04-29-2012, 09:46 AM   #3
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Virtually every computer made in the last 5 years exclusively uses SATA hard drives.

When I come across a computer that still uses an IDE hard drive, I advise the owner to get a new computer.
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