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Old 07-20-2005, 08:04 PM   #1
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hello again every1, jus need to kno 1 question. is eide hard/cd/dvd drives compatible with modern motherboards? for example, this? http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...301&CatId=1569
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Old 07-20-2005, 08:06 PM   #2
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Yeah, you just take the IDE cable from the motherboard to the optical drive.

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Old 07-20-2005, 08:09 PM   #3
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so i guess most ide headers in modern motherboards are also compatible with eide?
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Old 07-20-2005, 10:30 PM   #4
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Literally speaking, IDE and EIDE are obsolete protocols, but most people use the terms IDE, EIDE, ATA, and ATAPI interchangeably. The current standard is ATA-7 with an Ultra-DMA transfer rate of 133 MB/s.

Do not get ATA confused with SATA. SATA, or Serial ATA, is a completely different protocol with a completely different set of power and data connections for the drives. It is quite a bit faster and much more efficient than regular ATA. When comparing ATA and SATA, ATA is usually referred to as PATA, or Parallel ATA. As far as I know, no motherboard features SATA exclusively, so if a motherboard has SATA, it should still have PATA, as well.

So to get to the point, when someone says EIDE, IDE, ATA, ATAPI, or PATA, it's the same thing - ATA. All current motherboards should have the latest version.

Just as a side note, ATA-8 is in the works. Perhaps it will compare to SATA speeds? Even if it did, it would still be very inefficient. Not to mention the big plug (compared to the SATA connection).
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