Dvd burner drive

What does the acronyms mean at the end of the burners please? eg. ide. and the others…thanks

IDE means Integrated Drive Electronics and has become fairly synonymous with EIDE (enhanced IDE) and PATA. This is the older style connection between drives and the motherboard. It is being phased out rather quickly now and will become increasingly rare to find on new motherboards in the future.

SATA refers to Serial ATA and is the newer style connection for both optical and hard drives.

Thanks Kerry very kind of you
And ATA means? Sorry, am curious to undersand…and is one better over another please? Or is this the wrong place to ask?
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Thanks Kerry very kind of you
And ATA means? Sorry, am curious to understand…and is one better over another please? Or is this the wrong place to ask?
:slight_smile:

Jesterrace may kick us for spamming his forum yes…or more specifically me. :slight_smile:

ATA means AT Attachment and it dates back more than twenty years. If you want to look through the various terms, read this entry at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallel_Advanced_Technology_Attachment

There is no great advantage for SATA over PATA in optical drives other than it uses smaller cables, has no master/slave setup and is the newer connection. SATA is going to be around a long while, and we are very nearly at the end of PATA connected devices in new computers.

PATA interface drives will still be produced as replacements in older computers, but that is about the only place we will use them in the future.

Thanks Kerry, That’s excellent and will read up on the site you kindly provided…cheers, angie :slight_smile:

This belongs in the newbie forum.