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KevB
08-31-2008, 05:44 PM
I have an old desktop that the kids use, and it appears the hard drive is gone. It's using a Samsung hard drive that's ATA. Anymore, you're told to go with SATA or IDE. Will I be able to install a SATA drive on a computer that's currently set up with a ATA drive?

pr_capone
08-31-2008, 07:43 PM
It is doubtful that the old computer will be equipped with a SATA port for you to plug the hard drive in to.

You will be looking to purchase an IDE hard drive to replace the one that burned out.

Look at places like newegg.com for the replacement.

DaFace
08-31-2008, 08:17 PM
It is doubtful that the old computer will be equipped with a SATA port for you to plug the hard drive in to.

You will be looking to purchase an IDE hard drive to replace the one that burned out.

Look at places like newegg.com for the replacement.

Yep. If your current drive isn't SATA, chances are you'd have to buy an add-in card to get SATA capability on your PC. There's no significant reason to do that unless you're wanting to squeak every ounce of performance out of your PC as possible. If not, the performance increase of SATA probably isn't worth the hassle.

And in case it's not clear, IDE = ATA.