ATA and ide hard drives

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by jettastud, Mar 9, 2004.

  1. jettastud macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2004
    #1
    Can I use an ATA hard drive for my powerbook when the original is ide? What is the difference. Any help would be awesome.
     
  2. GeeYouEye macrumors 68000

    GeeYouEye

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2001
    Location:
    State of Denial
    #2
    ATA and IDE are the same thing. But they both have to be the same size (2.5")
     
  3. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2002
    Location:
    Palookaville
    #3
    My understanding is that ATA is the official designation of the interface standard and IDE is a marketing name used for the same thing. Sort of like the difference between IEEE-1394 and FireWire.
     
  4. blue&whiteman macrumors 65816

    blue&whiteman

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2003
    #4
    as I know it the term ATA came out when Ultra ATA/33 came out. till then it was called IDE or EIDE. even Serial ATA would be part of the same tech. but not compatible.
     

Share This Page