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Commonly Used Computer Drive Adapters

by Martin Peels Content Writer

Computer drive adapters are attached outside a computer case. As it is quite common that your computer might die in between the work you were doing and especially if it was way old. For some reason, luckily your computer can always convert the old drive into an external unit if your hard drive is not dead. Attaching a computer drive adapter can help you grab important files off the drive-in process and also helps to supply and distribute power to internal devices inside the computer.


These basically come in hard drives and some SSD which carry two separate connectors. The same thing can be implemented if you install a larger hard drive in your computer and don’t know what to do with the old one, these interfaces can evolve together and are considered faster methods of transferring data between the CPU and the storage device.


It can’t be denied that an adapter or a piece of peripheral, is just a piece of computer hardware that is added to the computer in order to expand the abilities so that it can function properly. There are different kinds of adapters that can be added to your computer. The first thing you should do before investing any time and money is distinct among the adapters and the way they are connected to the computer.


In order to connect a driver to a server, here are some of the commonly used Computer Drive adapters:


Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA)


With the evolution of SATA, these have replaced the Parallel ATA interface that was developed for connecting a host system to peripheral devices. It is typically a serial version of the ATA drive controller interface which uses a seven-pin connector or adapter for the connected drives. As the name suggests serial, there is a move from parallel bus interconnect to the serial and the SATA interface can handle large data volumes at a low speed with the need for increased data transfer rates. Along with this factor, the other important feature is its low price, which is one of the main reason it is commonly used in PCs and server hardware, here are the functions SATA is suitable for:


● Ease of workflow operations, for instance, for video transfers, as the SATA interface offers up to 600Mb/sec with the throughput of 6Gb/sec.


● Data storage.


● Good backup system.


● Highly flexible as it allows for more storage devices to be installed, so the user does not have to be concerned about large bulky cabling wires.


Parallel Advanced Technology Attachment (PATA)


Parallel ATA or PATA is also called IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics) and EIDE (Enhanced Integrated Drive Electronics). Before SATA came, these were the interface made use of that was the standard to connect to computers. It is a ribbon cable containing 40 pins and provides a common drive interface technology for connecting other devices and hard drives to computers. With this interface, either one or two devices or a maximum of 2 devices can be connected to a drive channel. The data transfer speed is lower as compared to that of SATA, it can go up to 133Mb/s. Other than the speed, the power consumption is also more. The main difference between the interface of SATA and PATA drivers is in the interface, although their method of connecting is quite similar.


Small Computer System Interface (SCSI)


SCSI is quite similar to IDE hard drives, the driver controller can connect up to 15 drives but these make use of a small computer system interface. These are faster than the rest of the drives and can be connected internally and externally, depending on how the user wants it. It is widely used in workstations, servers, and mainframes because the interface operates at the rate of 1200Mb/sec with the throughput up to 12 Gb/sec. It does increase the abilities of PCs and desktop, users can add a scanner and several other devices as well as hard drives, without loss of data.


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