Serial ATA hard disks.

A guide to Serial ATA (SATA) drives

I recommend for your next hard drive you get the new Serial ATA hard disk instead of the normal ATA hard disk.

This new method of connecting hard disks to your motherboard has advantages such as transfer rate, lower power consumption and tidy cabling.

The motherboard pictured below is an ASUS Deluxe model A7N8X.

Serial ATA133 headers on the ASUS Deluxe motherboard

Two headers shown above support serial ATA133 devices including hard-drives and cd-roms.
You can also see above the SATA chipset. When the PC boots up with the new serial hard
disk connected it will be automatically detected by this onboard controller.

The Cable

The serial ATA cables shown below are much slimmer with smaller connectors make them
much tidier than the older IDE cables.

Serial ATA Cable



Serial ATA Power cable converter

You will currently require a power cable converter as present power supply units do not have the new power connectors.

Serial ATA Power cable converter



Serial ATA Hard Disk

The serial ATA hard drive with the power and data cables connected.

Back of SATA hard disk with cables

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