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SATA, ATA? Work in the same machine?

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by Mr Spew, 15 Jan 2006.

  1. Mr Spew


    Joined: 6 Oct 2005

    Posts: 612

    Location: Shropshire/Northampton


    My friend has a PC with what I presume are two 80GB ATA drives, would putting a 250GB SATA in it actually work? Do I need special cabling or do they need to be linked in any special way?
  2. smids


    Joined: 18 Dec 2004

    Posts: 6,660

    Location: London/Kent

    1) It will work.
    2) It requires a SATA cable (SATA port on the motherboard too)
    3) It requires a SATA power cable (not all models, see Western Digital and Hitachi) but you can buy splitters for all of £3 which convert a normal molex power connector into 2 SATA power cables.
    4) No extra serious cabling is needed, only those which the drive requires. You may need to install SATA drivers for the SATA controller on the motherboard or PCI SATA controller (whichever your friend has).

    In summary:
    SATA data cable
    SATA power cable
    SATA drive
    SATA port on the controller (motherboard or PCI).