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by pympster / June 4, 2006 7:25 AM PDT


Hi, I've posted before and got some good feedbacks. In short, my laptop's hard drive died so I was looking for a replacement. I was supposed to get one with ata-6. I recently purchased one on ebay but noticed that it says ultra ata/100 and now I'm wondering if I purchased the wrong one. But the same item on newegg, it clearly says ata-6. So my question is if these two terms (ultra ata/100 and ata-6) are used interchangeably and thus the same. Or did I mess up by buying the wrong item?

These items have the same model number.
This one here on Ebay
has ultra ata/100 but
this one on newegg
says ata 6.

Doesn't that mean they are the same thing?
Or did I screw this up?

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by jnbhoward / June 4, 2006 8:48 AM PDT

They are the same thing. One refers to the mode name, the other is for the peak burst transfer rate.

However, with any IDE drive, backwards compatibility is built-in. You could have gotten an ATA/133 drive and it would have worked just fine, just at ATA/100 speeds. You just need to make sure that it's the right size with a laptop. E.g. is it a 2.5" or 1.8" drive that your laptop uses.

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by pympster / June 4, 2006 11:28 AM PDT
In reply to: Yes

Thanks for that.
I have another concern. Comparing my dead hard drive and what I purchased on Ebay
my dead one has this black plastic thing covering the pins (I think they're called pins but they are the little metal parts that stick out on either top or bottom of hard drive), but the picture on Ebay does not have the pins covered by this plastic thing.
Do hard drives usually come with this black platic thing covering the pins?

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Do you mean the jumper?
by steve749 / June 4, 2006 12:01 PM PDT
In reply to: another Q has a good picture that breaks down the part of a hard drive that connects to things like power and the IDE connector. There is also a section called jumpers which is where you have little black covers over some of the pins to designate which type of drive it should think it is with master and slave being a couple of commmon configurations.

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by pympster / June 4, 2006 1:24 PM PDT

Got it!!!
I was able to slide this off!!! What a fool I was. It's not my field, but should have used common sense.
Well, I want to thank everyone who contributed. Really appreciate your help. Chances are I'll be back for more questions.
Thanks again!!!

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