hard drive Is there any difference or is it just the new name

Discussion in 'DIY Computers' started by Tom, Jun 14, 2006.

  1. Tom

    Tom Guest

    i have noticed ide drives are called pata now is there any difference or is
    it just the new name i have noticed at the back of the pata drive they have
    the exact same connection etc
     
    Tom, Jun 14, 2006
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    Jeff Gaines Guest

    It's to distinguish them from the new standard - SATA.

    PATA is a parallel connection, SATA is serial and potentially faster.
     
    Jeff Gaines, Jun 14, 2006
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    Dr Zoidberg Guest

    The trouble apparently comes with keeping the signal on all 16 data wires in
    sync with each other and preventing interference between lines (hence the
    extra ground wires on 80 wire cables).
    The faster you go the harder this is.

    With Serial ATA on the other hand , it's just a case of cramming data in as
    fast as you can manage and when you only have a single data line crosstalk
    is not an issue
     
    Dr Zoidberg, Jun 14, 2006
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