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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by rosh325, Feb 10, 2003.

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  1. rosh325

    rosh325 Thread Starter

    Jan 30, 2003
    HI....my computer has ata-33..and im looking to replace the HD......however most new drives are ata-100...i was told that i can still run the drive on my current config..but it wont run as fast.....several questions...

    1)is there going to be a dramatic slow down if i just use the drive with my current config?

    2)if i do need to update system.....i can just get a PCI controller card...however..there are so many out there...."raid " this and that..im kind of confused...im looking for an economical solution to use for a 40mb drive
  2. BTS '76

    BTS '76

    Dec 7, 2002
    If you hook up a ATA/100 HD to your ATA/33 controller, the HD will just run at 33Mbps, instead of 100. Some mother boards come with both a ATA/33 and ATA/66/100 controller. The controllers are usually a different color

    ATA/66 are blue

    ATA/100 are red; this is usually how it is, the colors can be differnet speeds. check with your m/b book.
  3. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    You can run the drive on the 33mhz DMA, and it'll work fine. You'll notice a small improvement with a faster controller, if you decide to go that way, look into the Promise Ultra-133 TX2. It's cheap, and supports drives over the current 128gig BIOS barrier too boot.
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