Hard Drive Interfaces

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Unreal, Nov 23, 2003.

  1. Unreal

    Unreal Guest

    Hey,

    My question is, does the interface on a hard drive matter with the compatability with the mainboard?

    The mainboard Im looking at says this : UltraDMA/100 IDE Channels Master and the hard drive says : 1 x DMA/ATA-133 (Ultra) Fast Drives - 40 PIN IDC

    I am really not sure about this, Im looking at the Maxtor Diamond Plus 9 series between 120Gb and 160Gb. If they are not compatable which hard drives would be recommended instead?

    Thanks in advanced.
     
  2. Xie

    Xie - geek - Subscribed User Folding Team

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    you shouldn't have a problem w/ the DMA 133 drive it will just run at DMA 100 as thats all your mobo can handle ;) hard drives are backwards compatible so far.
     
  3. Petros

    Petros Thief IV

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    Hard drives and motherboards are backward-compatible. They'll just run at the speed of the slower component.

    [EDIT-- Xie is faster! :D]
     
  4. Unreal

    Unreal Guest

    Ahhh, thanks for the replies, I just wonder as I found good prices for the Maxtors, 160Gb for £100 from dabs.com.
     
  5. koko

    koko Got Root?

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    just a suggestion, but maxtor drives don't have the greatest reputation right now.

    i'd highly recommend western digital. they have some great prices at http://www.pricewatch.com/
     
  6. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

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    Just make sure your mobo can handle drives bigger than 137 GB in size. Mine didn't, so I had to put the drive on the RAID controller (no biggie in my case, but if you don't have any RAID connectors...).