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drstove

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A new computer purchase will undoubtely include a SATA drive/controller. Is there any way I can use my existing 300 GB ATA drive with the new computer? Are the new SATA drive controllers backward compatible with ATA drives? Someone suggested buying an external hard drive cabinet with a USB interface. Will that work? If it works, should I expect data transfer to be slower through the USB connection?

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A new computer purchase will undoubtely include a SATA drive/controller. Is there any way I can use my existing 300 GB ATA drive with the new computer? Are the new SATA drive controllers backward compatible with ATA drives? Someone suggested buying an external hard drive cabinet with a USB interface. Will that work? If it works, should I expect data transfer to be slower through the USB connection?

Thanks,

Don



There is no backwards compatable because they dont use the same type of cable to connect with....

ata is ide so they use ide cables, sata is a serial ata cable. Yes all new motherboards have atleast one ide channel for up to 2 devices to run on one channel. The newer Intel Conroe boards usually only have one ide channel but some of amd's newer mobos have two ide channels for up to 4 devices total using ide.

SO the answer is yes you will be able to hook up your 300 gb ide harddrive to a new pc. This means if you get a mobo that only has 1 ide channel you will only have room for one more device like a cd rom or dvd burner..

Or if you need more ide hookups you can get an ide controller that installs in one of your pci slots. :whistling:
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