PATA (Parallel ATA) is better known as IDE. IDE/PATA is the predecessor to SATA in terms of storage device controllers.

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Is ATA the same as IDE/PATA or SATA?

I was taking a look at a HDD and I found a document (from Toshiba, link: 2.5-Inch SATA HDD mq01abdxxx) that says: Drive interface: Serial ATA, Revision 2.6 / ATA-8 I know that SATA uses SATA ...
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Install and run Windows XP from SDCard

I'm planning to revitalize one of my old notebook Acer Aspire 3600. In the user guide: Storage subsystem 40/60/80 GB or larger ATA/100 hard disk drive I'm planning to replace the existing hard disk ...
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Internal hard drive with data cable connected but power cable disconnected

Is it OK to leave an internal hard drive's data cable connected to the computer motherboard but disconnect the power cable? Or will this damage the hard drive and/or the motherboard? I've got a ...
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Upgrading mSATA or M.2 w/adapter in IDE/PATA Powerbook G4?

this is my first question here: I would like to upgrade my 17" powerbook G4 (running MacOS10.4.11 on 1,5GHz, 2GB RAM, 160 GB HDD (IDE/PATA)) - with, for example, a 250GB mSATA or M.2 (SATA) SDD (60-...
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Getting old 40MB hard drive usable in Windows with USB adapter

I have some old hard drives (~40MB) and a couple different USB-to-IDE adapters. When I fire up these old drives, I'm able to see the drive model name in various disk utilities under Windows 7. ...
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How to replace hard drive and switch drive cable in a Dell Mini 12

I have a Dell Mini 12 (1012) with a missing hard drive. The hard drive is PATA (IDE / parallel ATA) with a small ribbon cable that goes directly into the drive. Finding a compatible drive for low ...
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How to disable the IDE controller on this Asrock AMD motherboard?

I have this motherboard with AMD 710 southbridge: Asrock 980DE3/U3S3 R2.0. I no longer use the IDE/PATA controller, therefore i’d like to disable it to free system resources. I can see the options to ...
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Maximum PATA hard drive capacity for an old HP OmniBook vt6200 laptop

I’ve been searching for any clue that could tell me if this HP OmniBook vt6200 laptop has any limitations on the maximum hard drive capacity it supports. But found nothing. It’s a laptop from around ...
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IDE/PATA wire order?

I know the red wire is Pin 1, is the next wire (to the right in picture) Pin 2 or 3? Basically wondering if it alternates? I am honestly hacking up a IDE cable to connect an AC '97 connector (10-pin) ...
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Drivers for VT6421A Controller Card

The hard disk controller on my motherboard went out, so I'm trying to install this VT6421A PCI controller card. Unfortunately, I've looked at a couple of posts on SuperUser and other forums, but I ...
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Need clarification on what IDE hard drive size—2.5 inch versus 3.5 inch—actually means

I have some older IDE (parallel ATA) hard drives I want to check for files before tossing them out. I have found SATA/IDE to USB Adapters to use, but they specify 2.5" and 3.5" hard drive connections. ...
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Connecting IDE 3.5" to laptop SATA

Hey people I have this hard drive and I would like to connect it to laptop which has SATA connector, I could buy IDE to SATA adapter but what about the power supply?
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Can you connect a PCMCIA card to an IDE slot?

I have just discovered that a PC card (of the PCMCIA variety) uses the same electrical interface as CompactFlash. CompactFlash uses the ATA interface, and you can get cheap adapters to plug a CF card ...
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Find whether a SATA port is available from within Windows 7

A relative has a faulty DVD drive connected by a PATA connector to the motherboard of his computer. Since most new DVD drives are SATA, I wonder how can I tell if I would be able to connect a new SATA ...
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Does hooking up two PATA devices on a single cable reduce performance?

Presently, I have two PATA (Parallel ATA) devices installed in my computer. One is an optical drive, the other is a hard drive. Since my motherboard only has a single PATA connector, they are both ...
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How do I determine if a hard drive will fit in my computer?

I noticed this question was asked quite a few times already in varying forms; however, I saw nothing that really answers my question... So here goes; I have an older Dell laptop that needs a new hard ...
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Determine which physical HDD is which

I have an Asus M5A88-M motherboard with six identical SATA drives running Windows 7. One drive is the boot/OS drive and the others are just data drives, but I don't know which is which. Suddenly the ...
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How to Transfer Data From an External IDE HDD to a Windows 7 PC

I have a 50 GB Seagate IDE HDD from a 10+ year old Windows XP machine. I thought I could easily transfer all the important data from this HDD to a new maching running Windows 7 by pulling it from the ...
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How to run SSD in XP with SATA hard drive to IDE adapter

Any tips please? I have a 840 EVO SSD, a SATA Hard Drive to IDE (ATA-133/100) UDMA PATA Adapter and XP. I have an old Dell Dimension 4550 with a soon to fail HD so since I have a spare SSD, want to ...
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IDE HDD + USB to IDE + PSU + AC cable = external HDD?

I have couple of 40 pin IDE HDDs which I want to use as external HDDs. Also I have old 300W PSU with AC cable and plan to buy cheap USB to IDE converter like that: I'm not sure if I haven't missed ...
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Switch HDD mode from RAID to IDE [closed]

I made an ghost of 2 drives that were installed as raid 0 I made a ghost to one big drive. Now in the bios, the big drive can only run in raid0 modus. Is there a easy way so I can run this drive as ...
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HDD Regenerator won't fix bad sectors

I got pretty new Toshiba 500GB HDD as 2nd HDD(just for data) in my ThinkPad T400. Seller told me, that he just replaced this HDD with SSD in his new laptop. After about month of using I tested this ...
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Can I connect a 3.5" HDD to a laptop using USB 2.0?

Is there any risk to either the hard drive or the laptop if I connect them together using a USB 2.0 to SATA IDE cable? Is there any risk in creating a back-up of the laptop, on the 3.5" SATA HDD with ...
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Windows 8 and IDE drives

The new motherboards do not have IDE connections. I have considered getting an add on card for this but it seems I have read IDE is not supported by Win 8. I have 4 hard drives and four DVD/CD drives ...
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CF Card as IDE Hard Drive

I have an older laptop made in 97 with a Pentium MMX. I have been trying to use a CF card (Transcend 4GB) as an IDE hard drive for 2 days straight and its driving me nuts. I'm basically using a ...
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Can I attach a Zip Drive to a Hard Disk Enclosure?

I have a 3.5 inch IDE/SATA (it has cables for both) enclosure, an old internal IDE Zip drive and 20 Zip disks. I just want to pull whatever's on them off and store the files somewhere else. I'm not ...
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Purpose of this IDE cable's attachment box? Is it safe to remove it?

I've got an IDE (PATA) cable which has a small black box attached to it via cable: The box features a set of Molex power connectors and a small connector labeled H.D.D. LED, just like those which ...
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Strange HDD sound with sytem hanging

I have an old computer with three IDE (PATA) hard drives. Sometimes (I still don't know what's causing it) some of them suddenly clicks, creaks and squeaks, system hangs for a second and then ...
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IDE SATA to USB 2 Adapter troubleshooting

I brought two Vantec IDE SATA to USB 2 Adapters, as shown below: It comes with the following items inside: However, I notice a strange situations as follows: I use the 1st set and format a hard ...
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Connect external SATA or PATA drive without USB?

A couple of times each month, a friend or relative will hand me a smoldering computer and ask me to retrieve the data then ditch the drive. I connect the drive to my trusty Frankenputer, copy the ...
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Disk actions are not available for some drive in Disk Management

I have plugged old E-IDE PATA drive into my motherboard and it detected it, unfortunately, Windows only see this drive but can't do anything with it. Why?
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Is there any way to use a 500G 2.5" SATA HDD with a computer with an old i845 chipset? [closed]

I have an old computer lying around that uses the Intel i845 chipset. It is conencted to a 40GB, 5800RPM 3.5" Seagate ST340015A Ultra ATA HDD that recently went kaput. It uses an 80-conductor 40-pin ...
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How to copy files from an old PC to a new PC?

I do apologize if this question has been brought up before. In that case, please refer me to the answer of that other question. I did search for answers but most of them seem to deal with migrations, ...
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Identify if optical drive in my laptop is SATA or PATA in Windows 7

I never thought this will be soo difficult but without opening up my laptop how do I identify if the dvd drive in my laptop is SATA or not. And incase its SATA then is it SATA - II? I am ok with ...
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Master/slave PATA setup not recognized

I have two Seagate barracuda 7200.10 500 GB drives pulled from an old Lacie Big Disk Extreme. I have been using them both in a Dell Dimension 4600 in a master slave configuration, (one by default has ...
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IDE DMA sector numbering

I'm just playing around with the QEMU system emulator, and taking a look at the IDE disk emulation, specifically at the DMA disk accesses. I'm a little confused as to how DMA requests are actually ...
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How do I determine if my controller is in IDE or AHCI mode in Linux?

I have an old MacBook Pro 4,1 (early 2008) - but I suspect an answer would apply to many MacBook Pros. It has an Intel IDE/SATA controller (ICH8M/ICH8M-E). I have installed a patched MBR that is ...
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Windows XP not detecting IDE drive

I'm trying to install another hard drive into an old Dell I use as a server machine. I unplugged the main HDD with the OS, and plugged the secondary HDD into that IDE port, because it had Linux on it ...
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Identifying a small IDE connector

I'm in the possession of the GENE-9455: At the top left corner there is an IDE connector, however, this is not a normal IDE connector, it's a smaller one. I need to find a cable for this connector. ...
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Internal IDE HDD used as external w/ usb adapter and suddenly 2 partitions were gone

I was searching through the internet trying to solve this problem and saw an answer in this site and it looked you really now about this subject. Of all the other webs I checked, this one seemed that ...
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External HDD unrecognized

I have an external IDE harddrive. I plug the USB to the PC, switch on the power and I hear that the HDD is working(no scratch, no shar noise, just a smooth hdd is what I hear). My problem is, that the ...
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Change SATA mode to AHCI and Windows Fails to boot [duplicate]

I installed Windows 7 sp1 x64 in IDE mode but I had to change the SATA mode to AHCI; and now Windows 7 failes to boot; Any idea how to make windows boot again? (without reinstalling Windows)
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Connecting HDD in Dell Inspiron 7000 laptop?

Which side I should connect IDE HDD in Dell CPX/CPI port ? Where should missing pin be ? IMHO I think it should be at bottom, how do you think ? How it looks
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What does the IDE connector labeled PRI IDE on my motherboard do?

So I was looking for an antenna cable in my cellar, when I found some old sweets in a by my old computer in a cardboard box. Two old PATA HDDs, a PATA CD-ROM and some IDE cables. That gave me an idea ...
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Desktop won't boot with two drives

I am trying to startup the computer with two drives; one is connected with SATA(Windows XP, 40G) and the other with IDE(blank, 80G). With just the SATA drive, it boots fine, but when I add the other ...
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SSD internal drive vs. desktop hard drive (with 7200 RPM) - Which is preferable? [closed]

The cost of SSD vs, a normal hard drive is around 4:1 and the for the same the storage capacity is 1:10. Considering that, I don't need storage but only performance and power saving then, which drive ...
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Why is HDD in a DVD-ROM slot slower on Lenovo 3000 laptop?

So I'm about to upgrade my laptop (Lenovo 3000 N100, 0768-49G), got my SATA HDD caddy for the DVD-ROM slot, but whenever I'm putting an HDD or SSD into it, the read speed falls to only 30 MByte/s, ...
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SATA and PATA -> Does it matter which channel something is plugged into?

A long time ago, PATA used a master / slave configuration. If memory serves correct, the best performance could be achieved by only have one drive (master) attached per channel, instead of two (master ...
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Is it possible to use a PATA to SATA adapter in a notebook?

How to update an old notebook with a SATA SSD (that I already have)? I know there are adapters available, but they apparently don't fit in a laptop because the dimensions of the SSD and PATA drive ...
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Recovering drive via boot to Win7 setup command prompt

I am trying to recover data from two old IDE drives. Drive1 has been successful, but something is wrong with Drive2. It does not appear as a drive letter. Due to limited legacy hardware, the only way ...