Backing up your data is always a good idea and habit. Today, a hard drive is one of the most popular backup media. Nowadays, most people are paying attention to data backups to protect the painful loss of valuable data. For instance, your Outlook may crash, but as long as you back up PST files, you can easily recover the PST data. What is the best choice of hard drive for you? SATA hard drive or PATA?
A computer could have two types of hard drive connections: PATA (Parallel ATA), also known as IDE, and SATA (Serial ATA). SATA is the most common drive in almost all computers, due to the following advantages:
1. Increased Data
The primary reason SATA hard drive Charlotte is used over
PATA is its increased data transfer speeds. PATA can attain data transfers
speeds of 66/100/133 MBs/second, while SATA can attain speeds of 150/300/600
The various flavors of PATA and SATA bring the speed differences, with the latest version of each hard drive currently available having the fastest speeds. You will notice that SATA’s slowest speed is still faster than PATA’s top speed.
Programs, pictures, and larger documents load faster due to
improved speed of SATA. Video game enthusiasts will enjoy better gaming
experiences (i.e., smoother game-play) thanks to faster data transfer speeds.
2. Easy Cable
Management and Cable Length
Another great advantage of SATA over PATA is the length of a
cable connecting the hard disk to the computer motherboard. The maximum length
of a cable for PATA is 18 inches, whereas a SATA cable can be up to 3.3 feet (1
meter) in length. This extra length provides you with more flexibility of where
you can mount the hard drive in a computer case.
SATA cables are smaller than a PATA cable. It allows for
increased airflow in the computer case and thus, reduces heat build-up. Better
airflow helps to improve the overall life of your computer.
4. Support For
A computer motherboard has four to six SATA connections, allowing for many hard drives to be hooked up. Usually, there are two PATA connections on a computer motherboard, and they support four PATA hard drives.
1. Drivers and
There a few disadvantages of SATA drive over PATA. One disadvantage is that the computer sometimes requires a special device driver to recognize and use SATA hard drive Charlotte.
However, there is no need to load a specific driver because a SATA hard drive can act as a PATA hard drive. Remember that SATA loses some of its functionality to gain this mimic functionality.
Older operating systems (OS) such as Windows 95 and 98 that
were released long before the introduction of SATA don’t support SATA drives.
2. One Drive Per
Another disadvantage of SATA is that the cable allows for the connection of only one SATA drive at a time. Whereas you can hook up two PATA hard drives per cable.
SATA Hard Drive
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