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Are IDE and EIDE hard drives the same thing?

Asked by MissAnthrope (21467points) August 10th, 2008

I’m trying to buy an enclosure for a drive I have and realizing I don’t know much about hard drives. I’ve determined I have an EIDE drive and I like one enclosure in particular, but it says IDE. Are they compatible?

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iwamoto's avatar

EIDE ? i’ve never heard about that one, there’s PATA (that’s IDE) with all the little pins and there SATA with the small flat connection, you could check, but i’m pretty pretty sure you have an IDE drive, so yeah, they’re compatible

MissAnthrope's avatar

From the WD website: “Interface: 40-pin EIDE”

But I also see on the diagram there “40-pin IDE connector”. I just wanted to double-check before I bought. Thanks. :)

jaredg's avatar

EIDE / PATA is the later standard. I think it supports larger drives than the original IDE standard did. Any enclosure manufactured nowadays is going to be EIDE.

chaosrob's avatar

Integrated Drive Electronics vs. Extended Integrated Drive Electronics. These days, basically the same thing. Don’t worry about it, just plug it in. An EIDE drive should downshift for an older connection.

MissAnthrope's avatar

Thanks to the three of you for the explanation. I was wicked confused.

I ordered the enclosure and am all geeked out… it’s so pretty!

Lovelocke's avatar

Ha… I was just about to come correct in this thread. Rob nailed it though. GOOD GOING

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