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SATA and ATA IDE

can i swap?

     
4:25 pm on Jan 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

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i had a Gateway notebook with an ATA IDE hard drive....im looking at a new HP Pavilion notebook with an SATA hard drive....Can i swap my old HD with the new HD?
5:05 pm on Jan 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

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They are not interchangable. The only thing they have in common is the general nature of their command structure. ATA drives uses a parallel interface. SATA drives use a serial interface. They don't use the same connectors, which aren't even remotely similar.
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yes, and as well as that, even if the drive from your old computer was compatible with the new one, it would still be a bad idea for various reasons, like:
* most of the device drivers wouldn't work with the new hardware, so you'd have a bit of an adventure sorting all that out.
* you'd be installing a disk with an old version of the operating system along with all the stuff you've accumulated on it - now really would be a good time to start again with a clean OS.
* the old drive will most probably be slower and of a smaller capacity than a new one.

The list goes on - don't do it! (you can't anyway).

8:26 pm on Jan 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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And to make matters worse, older versions of windows xp didn't come with a sata driver. So when you go to install windows on the drive you first need a floppy disk with your sata driver on it before you can even install windows.