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Old 12-02-2004, 07:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default ULtra ATA and SATA

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, 07:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It supports either, thats why it is working.

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Old 12-02-2004, 07:38 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.

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, 05:52 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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