Hard drive ATA, SATA?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by eyebeaz, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. eyebeaz macrumors 6502

    Oct 22, 2006
    Alright I have an external hard drive in a random enclosure, and I am not sure as to whether the hard drive is ATA or SATA. Is there a way I can tell without taking it out of the enclosure? The enclosure does not specify what it is. Thanks!
  2. Lovesong macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2006
    Stuck beween a rock and a hard place
    Go into disk utility after you mount it, and click on it. It should tell you what the interface is at the bottom. I'd guess it's a ATA, since you aren't sure. SATA externals are expensive, and you'd know it if you had one.
  3. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    Don't think Disk Utility will tell you this information on an external drive.

    Agree with you that is is probably a ATA drive.

    The OP could check the web for info on the drive. The manufacture may list this information.

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