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I need to get a Hard Drive for my computer and the motherboard has a IDE Interface. My question is "Do I have to use an IDE Interface Hard Drive, or can I use an ADA Interface Hard Drive and if I can what do I have to do to make it compatible"?
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by:JBURGHARDT
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You need ide hard drive
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by:JBURGHARDT
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There is more. ATA not ADA is interface that generally refers to the controller interface, and IDE refers to the drive. Today, IDE can refer to either the drive or controler.  The industry consortium CMAC (Common Acces Method Committee) atempted to orginate an ATA (AT attachment) interface that could be incorporated into low-cost  At compatibile motherboards . Sometimes you will see on drive ATA -2 ATA -3 .ATA and IDE is  the same.
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by:JBURGHARDT
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What is wrong with my answer
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by:wjwncpro
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It seems that there is a larger selection of ATA drives with greater attributes then IDE drives, is there a controller card or adapter that can be used to make the two interface (compatible)?
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by:wjwncpro
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1st JBURGHART's says I can only use an IDE Hard Drive, then  he says ATA and IDE is the same. I'm confused by his comment.
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by:Otta
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Tell us more about your computer.
386? 486? Pentium?
When you initially turn it on,
what's the first screen-full of text to be displayed?
Is it something about your video card?
If so, what's the second screen-full?
Press the 'PAUSE' key on your keyboard
(this may require that you hold SHIFT and press Pause/Break)
to "freeze" this information on the screen.
With pencil-and-paper, copy down this screen-full of text.
Press any key to "unfreeze" the screen.
Does a third screen-full display?
If so, "freeze" the screen again, and copy the information.

Then, post that information here.
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by:wjwncpro
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I'm building my computer myself and I have a VXPro-II Pentium MMX PCI chipsepset motherboard with a AMD K6-233MHz cpu.  The motherboard has IDE1/IDE2-Primary/Secondary IDE Ports, My question is still the same as the first one that I ask, and my concern is still the second comment.
Thanks You
 Wayne
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Otta earned 150 total points
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Well, you seem to have "new" hardware & chipsets.
So, it should provide all the "support" you need
for ATA and IDE and SCSI devices.
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Thank You for your quick reply
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