Question about IDE and ATA Optical drives

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by John T McDougald, Jun 4, 2005.

  1. I am looking to buy a DVD burner for my Gateway 500S series computer.
    I think everything my system only uses the IDE type interface but I am not
    certain. I have seen some Dual Layer DVD burners that were listed as being
    ATA type, and they are a few dollars cheaper than the IDE type.
    Can someone tell me how to Identify the connector types for my system
    and also whether I can get a ATA to work with an IDE type interface?

    John T McDougald
    John T McDougald, Jun 4, 2005
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    Oldus Fartus Guest

    ATA and IDE are the same things John.
    Oldus Fartus, Jun 4, 2005
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    JTJersey Guest

    ATA and IDE are terms used interchangeably, unless your refering to
    SerialATA (or SATA.) Are there SATA DVD Burners out there? I havn't
    noticed any.
    JTJersey, Jun 4, 2005
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    Josh Randall Guest

    Yep. And I just got one from for $49. An NEC with 300 reviews.
    All good. This is OEM, so you can get freeware or buy Nero for it.
    Josh Randall, Jun 4, 2005
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    JTJersey Guest

    They're only listing three models of Plextor at the moment. All in the
    $100 price range. I wonder where the rest of them went? Do you have any
    thoughts on the SATA vs EIDE interface as far as speed and reliability
    with your NEC?
    JTJersey, Jun 6, 2005
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