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Old 03-28-04, 01:07 AM
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Can I use an ATA-150 HD with ATA-100 MB?

I need to completely upgrade my computer soon, motherboard, cpu, video, etc etc, but can't afford to do it right now. However, I do need to a new hard drive ASAP.

Are the ATA-150 hard drives backwards compatable with an ATA-100 controller? I realize I wouldn't see any performance improvement right now, but it would be nice to just go ahead and get a faster hard drive now instead of wanting to buy yet another one when I do get a new motherboard with ATA-150.
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Assuming it's also PATA there shouldn't be any problem - although I'm not sure if there are any ATA150 drives that aren't SATA, so I'd double check.
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and if its SATA, you can get a pci card to connect to, if needed
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Didn't even think about getting a PCI controller... I assume they're pretty cheap (or at least, cheaper then ending up buying another hard drive after I upgrade?)
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Unless you get one of the very few SATA drives that actually is faster than a PATA drive you won't see any performance improvement even after you upgrate your motherboard.
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Unless you get one of the very few SATA drives that actually is faster than a PATA drive you won't see any performance improvement even after you upgrate your motherboard.
yep, all the reviews Ive read so far.. pretty much say your current performance will be almost exactly the same

but depending on price differences and size, the sata drive will take longer to become outdated
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Looking at prices...hell, I may just go ahead and get an ATA-100 drive. Office Max has a Seagate 120Gb for $80 this week (after rebate).

So, let me reverse the question....if I do just pick up a regular ATA-100 HD, if I later upgrade to a SATA-150MB, will I still be able to use the harddrive without getting a PCI controller?
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Wise decision.

If you later upgrade what? Your motherboard?

Newer motherboards tend to have both PATA and SATA connectors.
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Yeah, that's what I meant, when I upgrade my motherboard in a few months.

Didn't realize they had both, guess all I had noticed when looking at them is the serial ATA 150 port.

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