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Old 12-02-2004, 08:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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OK Like my motherboard says it supports SATA Hard drives, but I bought a seagate HD and Installed windows and everything, but it says ULTRA ATA on it. Why is my comp working, or is ULTRA ata pretty much the same as SATA?
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Old 12-02-2004, 08:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It supports either, thats why it is working.
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Old 12-02-2004, 08:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Ultra ATA is nothing like SATA. Your Ultra ATA hard drive is running off of an IDE ribbon. SATA uses a completely different smaller, and faster cable. Also uses a smaller power connector than your generic 4pin molex connector. If your hard drive is ATA133 which I would assume it is, then that's 133mb/sec transfer whereas SATA is 150mb/sec I believe. Not only that but you can get of course the 10,000 RPM SATA drives which load games, windows, copies files and all that HD kind of stuff very quickly.

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It supports either, thats why it is working.
Next time it'd be helpful if you could point him in the direction of a resource to answer his question. Being that the two are completely different this really leaves him in the dark.
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Old 12-03-2004, 06:52 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Generally SATA disks are a little faster. The access, seek, read and write speeds are more important, though. A 60MB/s ATA drive will beat a 55MB/s SATA drive.
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