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2004-02-13T18:43:59Z
Ide, Eide and SATA hard drives?

thanx in advance.
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2004-02-16T16:41:03Z
IDE is Integrated Drive Electronics or something like that, it is the 40-pin ribbon cable for hard drives. It moves data 16 bits at a time. EIDE is Enhanced IDE, it's the same but faster, has more features etc. Both use the ATA standard (AT (as in AT personal computer) Attachment Interface). SATA is Serial ATA, as opposed to PATA (as EIDE and IDE are sometimes called), if EIDE and IDE are like parallel ports then SATA is a serial port. SATA seems to be having serious trouble right now as it's a new technology, the standard isn't finished yet so some devices are incompatible with others. I'm avoiding it until it's less buggy and a bit more standardized myself.