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Windows 7: Differences in HDD

28 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
Differences in HDD

How do I know if I should be using a Sata, IDE or any of the others? Whats the difference in HDD's?


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28 Apr 2012   #2
PooMan UK

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Have a looky over here pal SATA vs IDE and here Hard Disk / Optical Disc Drives
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28 Apr 2012   #3

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit

Thanks mate. I had done a little reading but was hoping for someone to dumb it down a bit haha.

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28 Apr 2012   #4

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit

Which should I be using? Are they both compatible with PC's? Is one better than the other? Thanks
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28 Apr 2012   #5

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

You should use the one that will connect properly to the ports on your motherboard.

Most motherboards made in the last 4 or 5 years will have SATA ports, so you need a SATA hard drive for those.

But no one knows anything about your motherboard. Open the case and look. Do you see any wide cables---as wide as a man's belt?
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28 Apr 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

You won't get much simpler than this: Hard Drive Report - PATA vs ATA vs SATA vs IDE
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28 Apr 2012   #7
Kevin Ismail

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

This, is the shortest and simplest explanation.
  1. SSD (solid state disk). An HDD with no mechanical part (mainly composed of memory chips). Start getting its part as people Windows system (Priced pretty expensive if compared to its capacity)
  2. SATA III. The latest release of mechanical HDD which has the most fastest read and write among other mechanical drives. (speed and cache)
  3. SATA II. The recent HDD used widely, no need for explanation as everyone now is using it.
  4. PATA. An almost-come-to-extinction HDD that was around for many years (I still have it though).
The rest of its individual spec, just google it at its respective manufactures. (WD, Samsung, Seagate, Hitachi, etc)

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28 Apr 2012   #8

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit

Nah none of those. So go SATA
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28 Apr 2012   #9

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit

Thanks all. Will get reading
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