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Author Topic: Does My Computer Support SATA?  (Read 1288 times)
gacl
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« on: July 10, 2008, 10:02:24 am »

I have a Panasonic Toughbook CF-T5 and i want to know if it supports SATA hard drives. The specification sheet and manual have not been helpful and opening up the thing would not be easy. Is there a command that will show me this information? lspci? dmesg? Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2008, 10:32:39 am »

here's what wikipedia says about sata:
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It was designed as a successor to the Advanced Technology Attachment standard (ATA), and is expected to eventually replace the older technology (retroactively renamed Parallel ATA or PATA).

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At the device level, SATA and PATA devices are completely incompatible—they cannot be interconnected.

So if you don't have a SATA drive already, it's not going to work.
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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2008, 04:58:31 pm »

Another way to find out is take out the existing HDD and check what type of HDD it is using.... Tongue
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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2008, 07:37:31 am »

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Another way to find out is take out the existing HDD and check what type of HDD it is using.... Tongue

Yeah, that's the first thing i did. I was hoping that somehow there was an undocumented support for SATA in the board but, with a subcompact computer where space is at a premium having unused SATA ports is asking for too much.

Thanks.
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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2008, 03:17:28 am »

As far as I know, there are converters between SATA and IDE disk drives
http://www.cooldrives.com/ide-to-sata.html
Actually, now I know for sure there are... Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2008, 04:30:29 am »

As far as I know, there are converters between SATA and IDE disk drives
http://www.cooldrives.com/ide-to-sata.html
Actually, now I know for sure there are... Cheesy

It only for work for PC......for laptop I dun think so...
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« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2008, 07:37:28 am »

It won't give you any speed advantage either. Your IDE connector won't run SATA speed just because there's an IDE -> SATA converter attached. 
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« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2008, 08:39:45 am »

It won't give you any speed advantage either. Your IDE connector won't run SATA speed just because there's an IDE -> SATA converter attached. 
Very true.
It'd be like having a 52x CD-R drive running off the USB port

You'll never acheive 52X on that thing... USB cannot transfer data that fast...

Same thing here... even if you do get a IDE->SATA converter (which I have seen @ frys (for Desktop pc's only i might add) ), The best speed you'll get is whatever the IDE interface can get... not what the SATA can do.
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