HD query about the type.

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How will I know if my hard drive in the PC is Sata or the old HD.

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HD query about the type.

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Hi,

The easiest is to open the CPU or box and check the cables. If you still have the gray flat ribbon like a cable connecting your HD to your mobo, that’s the old IDE, your HD is old If you see a thin short width yellow and red cables connected HD and the power supply to mobo, that’s SATA or SATA2.

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HD query about the type.

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SATA or Serial Advanced Technology Attachment is the latest in hard drive technology. Its purpose is to replace the older version of IDE drive which is quite bulky.

Here is an image of the connector of a SATA drive. It's very different from the ribbon cable used in IDE drives.

ribbon cable used in IDE drives.

Below is the power cable of a SATA drive.

power cable of a SATA drive

Here are some of the SATA hard drives:

some of the SATA hard drives

 

Images of an IDE ribbon cable and hard drive:

 

 

an IDE ribbon cable and hard drive

There's a very big advantage in using SATA drives. Data access is much faster compared to IDE drives. The size of a SATA drive is much slimmer than IDE which is quite bulky. And the 40-pin ribbon cable used by IDE drives is reduced to 7-pin in SATA drives.

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