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Is ATA the same as IDE/PATA or SATA?

Serial ATA is the connection/connector interface, ATA-8 is the protocol on that interface. IDE was the interface and it also used an ATA protocol for communications. IDE and ATA are not the same ...
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What was this DIG (or may be D G ) Interface on IDE (PATA) CD Writer?

Digital Out. This is how it's labeled on my CD writer: Google "cd spdif 2-pin" and you'll find suitable cables.
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What was this DIG (or may be D G ) Interface on IDE (PATA) CD Writer?

It is digital out. The digital auto out has both channels encoded and passed along one wire pair. Not sure why it is labeled D/G--perhaps so you don't think you can connect it to an analog receiver--...
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What's the difference between ATA, PATA, and IDE?

I will try to give complete answer. At the time of PC-AT (286) there was only one bus in the system. This bus was called system bus or host bus (nowadays it is known as ISA). All devices (inlcuding ...
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PATA connectors looks like MOLEX in my power-supply-unit

"Molex connector" is actually a rather imprecise term, since the Molex company makes many, many different connectors. Including the main 24-pin ATX motherboard power connector! And companies ...
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What was this DIG (or may be D G ) Interface on IDE (PATA) CD Writer?

Digital audio output for connecting to a sound card. Back in the day it (or the analogue equivalent) was required to play CD audio through computer speakers
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How to force a PATA HDD to only report PIO transfer capabilities? (DMA hangs firmware on device)

One thing you could possibly do is modify the SP-808 firmware to handle this correctly. I'm in the process of hacking the MV8800/MC-909 series. What does it use for a CPU, a SuperH processor?
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Badblocks reports "weird value (4294967295) in do_write" when writing patterns

Although harrymc might have given you the core of my answer (that 4294967295 is -1 as unsigned int), he didn't further explain why badblocks doesn't simply "recognize" it as -1 (i.e. why the "weird ...
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IDE to SATA converter not working. Incompatible or faulty?

It might just be a cheap design. (The price is your first hint) There are very good USB3-to-HDD cables available. The best sets I have used include a separate power supply for the HDD, and ...
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IDE to SATA converter not working

I had similar issues with an old IDE 40GB western digital hard that I used to store some documents as backup on my old PC, the jumpers are critical issue on hard drive, windows 7 64 bit won't boot or ...
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What do the "ATA/IDE Configuration" options in ASUS motherboard BIOS?

I have the same chipset ICH7 - G41 on a Dell Inspiron One 19. This 2009 machine has the IDE/ATA 82801gb/gr/gh SATA controller. Note that 82801GB does not support AHCI. Intel ICH7 wikipedia To answer ...
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Are 40pin to 44pin IDE adapters 'smart' or 'dumb'? (dumb is good)

Most 40 to 44 pin IDE adapters, such as the Rosewill RCW-616, are completely passive or dumb. The only real difference between the 40 and 44 pin connections aside from the physical size are the power ...
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Old 261 MB PATA Hard Disk Shows Up in Gnome-Disks as 2.2 TB

Use GPartEd on that disk and check how GParted sees the disk-layout. If the first parition(s) look OK (e.g. less than 261 MB in size) and there is bogus trash after that on the disk simple delete the ...
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pata hard disk I/O error in 2 sectors

All of those errors say the same thing. You have a dead sector at 784 and there is nothing the drive can do about it. The drive might have been able to do something about that sector had there not ...
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New freebsd setup partitioning

Most of the OS is installed under /usr. A classic strategy would be to specify /usr as a separately mounted filesystem from one of your larger disks. This is easily accomplished using the Partition ...
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Creating a parasitic Windows installation

I think you should re-evaluate what it is your trying to achieve. Because I can assure you, that the solution does not involve a second "hidden" hard drive. If your determined to go this route, and ...
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