SATA or IDE hard drives?

Your hard drive is dead or dying or you just want to add additional space.  You have a choice now in 2 kinds of hard drives, SATA or IDE.  The physical difference is the type of connection cable they use for power and data.  The new SATA drives have a thin red cable with a small black connector on each end.  The older style IDE drive has the wide gray cable for data and the white 4 prong power connector.  The advantage with the SATA drive is space and airflow.  Allowing more of both around you case, keeping it cooler.  Most motherboards made in the past 3 years have included some of both connectors, check what yours has.  If you have the smaller connecter I recommend using them.  Now, as far as performance goes, it just doesn’t seem to matter.  If you find a great deal on IDE drive good ahead and use it.

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