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EIDE ATA/100 - EIDE ATA/133 ???

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Posted on Friday, February 14, 2003 - 7:33 am:   

CAn Anybody tell me what the difference is between a EIDE ATA/100 hard drive and a EIDE ATA/133 hard drive
Matt Weston (Matt12330)
Posted on Friday, February 14, 2003 - 6:19 pm:   

Th ATA133 is capable of faster Burst speeds than the ATA 100.

Notice that I specified BURST speed. No IDE hard drive will keep a continuous speed of 133, but with the proper setup, it can reach such a speed for short periods.

The other thing to verify is the IDE controller. Make sure that the controller (either on the mobo, or on an add-in expansion card) will support the 100/133 speed. Many boards still ship with an ATA 66 controller.
Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2003 - 12:16 am:   

And what if my board has a ata 66 controller will the hard drive still work only on a lower speed ?

where can you see this. on the main board?
Matt Weston (Matt12330)
Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2003 - 4:10 am:   

If your HD controller is only ATA 66, it is unlikely that you will ever be ale to acheive the ATA 100/133 speeds - at least not without a seperate controller card.

Most users can live with the ata 66 bottleneck - unless you are using a lot of heavy programs (like games) you may never notice the difference.

What kind of board are you using ?
Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2003 - 4:53 am:   

DFI CA61 rev.A with the bios update 09/28/2000
I read somewhere that wit the newest bios update the board will support 133 speed. I recall the update must be in a 10 month so Iíll have to find a new update or Iíll have to find an other hard drive

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