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What is this system ide or ?? looking to purchase a hard drive (500gb) and a new CD & DVD burner.. Just don't want to buy the wrong item.

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What mother board is it? you have sata and ide drives.. new technology is sata which is connected with sata cable to *********** board and appropriate pover coard, the older teconlogy is ide, which is connected with ide (master slave) cable frm you motehr board to you drive... just post what mother board and i could be more specific...

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IDE is the old bus. Most older computers and even the new ones may have an IDE bus. It is flat and long. The cable looks like a wide ribbon. The new ones are SATA. These are thin cables much like the USB. The connectors also look different. If you have a newer PC, most likely it is SATA. Try to keep SATA hard drives and leave IDE for a CDROM or something. It is about reusing what you have before getting new ones. So, the newer SATA is preferred. Open up the cover and look; or check the specs on your computer model. For example, I have 4 SATA ports and one IDE. I still use my old IDE hard drive and IDE CDROM. When I got a new DVD writer, I got a SATA one. Lately I also bought a 1 TB SATA hard drive. I did not remove old hard drive and CD. I have enough slots to keep them all.

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