So I won't write further about that. But I find ATA IDE drives galore at newegg.com and geeks.com
Where you at?
I have a Dell 9300 laptop and it's time to upgrade the hard drive. However, there's a problem. I purchased the laptop about 2 years ago and evidently at the time SATA drives weren't very popular in laptops, my computer has an ATA drive. The kicker is that I paid quite a premium to jump to a 7200RPM drive at the time, though it was only 80GB. Now I'm ready to upgrade and I am finding that it's virtually impossible to find a 2.5" 7200RPM drive that's not SATA, and I think the biggest I've found that will work is 100GB.
I need to know if I will really notice a difference or lose performance if I go to a good 5400RPM drive? I'm currently eyeing the Western Digital WD2500BEVE Scorpio 250GB drive (ATA-100, 5400, 8MB). Another thing, what is the difference between ATA-6 and ATA-100 and are they interchangeable? If I can't jump to a significantly larger drive without losing performance I'm going to scrap the project and simply add an external drive.
Dumb question of the year...is there such a thing as an SATA adapter of some type or does one simply have to go to an entirely new motherboard?