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Old 12-12-2005, 06:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi I am looking to buy a new HD and I am wondering how to tell if it is compatible with the computer I wan to use it on. And what difference does having a ATA100 interface HD have? Also I want to transfer data from a larger HD to a smaller HD and I am wondering how exactly to do this.
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the number specified is an indication of how fast that interface can operate. ie ata100 is faster than ata66 which is faster than ata33
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All current IDE drives are at least ATA-100, most are ATA-133. It's all backwards compatible. You can run a faster drive on a slower interface (eg. if your motherboard only supports ATA-66) adn you can run a slower hard disk on a faster motherboard.

You can connect multiple drives to your computer and copy the files over. You should re-install Windows, though, or you will have to use software like partition magic to copy the entire window partition.
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