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Poppa John
03-02-2010, 12:30 PM
Hi all.

Can someone explain the difference between Sata & IDE please. Thanks. PJ

03-02-2010, 12:35 PM

03-02-2010, 12:36 PM
Transfer speeds are faster with SATA, But it makes little to no difference in most circumstances as the drive operates slower then either type of cable.

pablo d
03-02-2010, 12:37 PM
Well they're both names for connections types between your motherboard and devices like optical drives and hard drives.

SATA supports higher data transfer speeds and (generally) you can connect a whole lot more SATA devices to a mobo than IDE ones. the cables are a lot smaller and easier to plug/unplug too. hardly any modern stuff uses IDE.

Poppa John
03-02-2010, 12:39 PM
OK Thanks.PJ

03-02-2010, 03:13 PM
And the sata cables are small and pretty but have fragile connectors, and the ide cables are large and not pretty but are easy to bend in to tidy shapes for excellent cable management.

Seeing as the technical aspect has been covered already.........