SATA vs. Parallel

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by davefan6435, Oct 23, 2005.

  1. davefan6435 macrumors regular

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    I need to purchase a new hard drive for my computer and I was wondering what the real difference is between a SATA hard drive and a Parallel one. Ive noticed that the SATA drives are quite a bit more expensive and I was just wondering why. THanks in advance for your help.
     
  2. davefan6435 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Basically this is the drive I want to buy. http://www.circuitcity.com/ccd/productDetail.do?oid=118287&WT.mc_n=57&WT.mc_t=U&cm_ven=AFFILIATE%20MARKETING&cm_cat=BEFREE&cm_pla=DATAFEED->PRODUCTS&cm_ite=1%20PRODUCT&cm_keycode=57 Will it work with a SATA connection. This is probably a dumb question but i'd rather be safe than sorry.
     
  3. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Nope, that's Ultra ATA. Won't work w/a SATA connection. BTW, SATA drives are faster... but you might not notice the difference, depending on how you use the drive.
     
  4. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    It depends which Mac you plan to install it in?

    SATA for PowerMac G5 and iMac G5, Parallel ATA (also called IDE and UltraATA) for everyone else and for 99.9% of Firewire enclosures.

    Thanks
    Trevor
    CanadaRAM.com
     
  5. davefan6435 thread starter macrumors regular

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    alright thanks for the help. looks like im gonna be stuck with buying the more expensive drive.
     

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