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Old 07-22-2005, 09:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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how do you know if a mobo is compatible with Ultra ATA harddrives

also wut is the difference between UATA and SATA???

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Old 07-22-2005, 09:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You know a motherboard is compatable if it says it is compatable. Any of these phrases, Ultra-ATA, PATA, or IDE means its Ultra-ATA. The difference between IDE and SATA is that IDE is parallel, while SATA is not. I have no Idea what this means, but it is agreed on that SATA has a theoretical better max bandwith. This does not matter much, as Ultra-ATA drives will perform almost as well as SATA drives(not including the 10,000 RPM Western Digital Raptor)

The main difference for the end-user will be the cables. Ultra-ATA cables are bulky, and akward, while SATA cables are thin and slim. Performance wise there is no difference, but look,installation,and air flow wise, there is a difference.

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all pc's have pata but do u have a pata ide hook up availabe?? what motherboard do u have and how many optical drives and hard drives do u have now??
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Default Re: Ultra ATA

Originally posted by crazyeightballa
how do you know if a mobo is compatible with Ultra ATA harddrives

also wut is the difference between UATA and SATA???
Chances are, if you are using a computer to type this here, and not something far-fetched like a leperchaun, then your computer supports Ultra-ATA.

This, again, is another mega-basic question that is best answered on your own with a bit of help from www.howstuffworks.com

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