Finding the Right PATA, IDE, and EIDE Hard Drives

When your computer's internal hard disk drive (HDD) begins to operate too slowly or is reaching a point where it needs to be replaced, it doesn't have to be an expensive task. Internal hard drives are the core memory of a computer and are where your computer stores information to run softwares such as the operating system and other applications. If your computer isn't running up to its usual standards, it may be a sign that it's time to replace it.

Can This Product Be Used as an External Hard Drive?

  • An external hard drive can be used to add storage to your computer if you begin to run out of space.
  • If you simply need more storage space, an external hard drive could be a good option.
  • External hard drives are easy to transport and are about the size of an external disk drive such as a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive.
  • However, internal hard disk drives cannot be used as an external hard drive as they're meant to function within the computer or laptop completely.

Can I Use This In a Samsung or Toshiba Laptop?

  • Different disk drives are intended to be used in different products.
  • Check with the company that makes your device to determine what kind of replacement hard drive will need to go in it.
  • Laptop hard drives for notebooks and laptops will be different from desktop hard drives just as cell phone and tablet hard drives will also differ.

What is the Difference Between A PATA, IDE, or EIDE Drive?

  • ATA stands for advanced technology attachment and refers to the way in which the disk drive connects to the device it will be used on and does not influence storage capacity or how many GB are on the drive.
  • The abbreviations specify what the disk interface on the hard drive is and how it will connect to the computer, so it is important to find out exactly which kind you need and how many RPM are needed to obtain the operating speed you're seeking.
  • IDE stands for integrated drive electronics. An IDE hard drive refers to the standard interface between how the IDE hard drive connects to the computers motherboard via RPM spin speed.
  • Hard drives are produced from companies such as Western Digital, Travelstar, Seagate, or Hitachi.
  • The RPM spindle speed on a PATA HDD determines the data transfer rate on the device and determines how quickly it will buffer information, which is demonstrated in average latency.

How Much Storage is On a Hard Drive?

  • The storage on an HDD by Western Digital, Seagate, or Hitachi is measured in gigabytes (GB) and can differentiate greatly depending on what you need.
  • A higher amount of GB will get you more computer storage but will cost more.
  • A 250 GB 2.5-inch hard disk drive will be a sufficient product for most desktop users. See the manufacturer site for size details.