Serial ATA (also known as Serial Advanced Technology Attachment or SATA) is a bus interface of computer located between mass storage devices and host bus adaptors. Devices and serial ATA host-adapters communicate via a single seven-wire high-speed serial cable instead of a parallel bus that previous technologies employed.

In over 99% of shipped desktop PCs, serial ATA has replaced parallel ATA (PDF 3.64MB), thanks to industry leaders like Intel. With high-performance flash drives and mechanical hard drives transferring data at levels of speed beyond the scopes of previous-generation specifications, it becomes a reality that second-generation 3.0 Gbit/s SATA interfaces are now shipping in high volumes, and are abundant in solid state devices, disk drives, and both server chipsets and PC.

Serial ATA is a standard of IDE for connecting devices like hard drives and optical drives to the motherboard. Generally the term SATA refers to the types of connections and cables that follow this standard.

SATA cables come in thin, long and 7-pin form. One of the two ends plugs into the back of a storage device like a hard drive, and the other into a port located on the motherboard, labeled SATA in usual.

Serial ATA—The Innovative Storage Interface [Part 1]

What’s The Purpose Behind Serial-ATA?

Serial-ATA (short SATA) is the legal successor of parallel-ATA (PATA) which has been outdated and replaced with this newer storage interface, and that was for a number of valid reasons:

1. The Limited Specifications And Features Of PATA
Parallel ATA has a number of limitations that, to overcome, Serial ATA was designed. The the data rate of Parallel ATA encountered difficulties to get increased beyond 100 MBytes/s, and this is the major limitation of this obsolete storage interface.

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The Fastest & Best Classical Hard Drive (HDD)

Among the various brands of mechanical hard drives (HDD), there are only a few of them which are worthy to to deem as the top-notch hard disk drives aimed at consumer-grade market segment. It’s not only the matter of high-speed, although it plays a major role in the decision among the drives, but also reliability is a critical factor in this regard. When you’re trying to find the best suited hard drive for your computer, you have to bear in mind a few standards that help you make up your mind on the right product to go for.

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The Fastest And Best Solid State Drive (SSD)

Finding the best solid state drive (SSD) among the huge crowd of SSD brands out there is not an easy job, especially for novice who don’t have the sufficient knowledge to distinguish the good from the bad. An SSD, just like any other technology, comes with advantages and disadvantages, and what fits to me does not necessarily to you. Therefore you need to first specify your needs then determine which SSD is most suitable to you. This leads us to say that the best SSD is not just one brand, but in fact it depends on other considerations that vary from a user to another.

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What Makes SSDs Faster Than HDDs?

Solid-state storage has gained in the last two years a very well reputation among the majority of computer users for being a much faster substitute to the traditional hard disk drive. To the biggest percentage of that majority the reason for that high speed delivered by SSDs is still considered unknown, especially when they find the outer phase of both drives are almost identical (taking into consideration here a 2.5-inch hard drive).

What about the rest then? Are they really educated on this topic and can clearly answer the questions brought up in this regard? In fact the remaining users out of this selection also vary in knowledge on this issue, but they all agree it’s because of employing the NAND-flash technology in SSDs that makes them drastically faster and much better performing than platter-based storage.

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What Is The Best Solid State Drive (SSD)?

When you start to feel like giving up on your old and slow mechanical hard disk drive, and begin to murmur and probably curse the manufacturer of that slow piece of your computer, it’s probably the time then to consider making a huge leap in your experience in speed by trying a solid state drive (SSD). There is nothing currently can displace solid-state storage when it comes to speed and performance. Even if you own an aging PC that’s a few year old, it will still benefit significantly and remarkably from an add-in SSD. Without exaggeration, an SSD upgrade is the best and quickest solution for slow systems that will undoubtedly take them to the next level of computing.

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What Causes A Solid State Drive To Become Slow?

Solid state storage is a unique blazing fast technology that’s capable of taking your computer to new levels of speed and performance that you’ve never imagined to be possible a few years back. The secret behind that is in the way it’s designed. While the mechanical hard drive, as it name implies, using mechanical platters (i.e. moving parts), solid state drives have no moving parts at all, and they rely primarily on NAND-flash technology that transfers data through the millions of tiny transistors it includes, that enable an SSD to be up to four or even five times faster than the conventional storage. Actually this became a matter of fact to everyone who ever tried or read about SSDs.

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Eventually You Cannot Forgo HDD On Account Of SSD

We all became aware that solid-state storage is, in general terms, much better than its mechanical alternate, and probably the only drawbacks with SSDs are their steep price that keeps declining to an affordable level for average consumers, and their low capacity that keeps increasing slowly year after year (i.e. the largest consumer-grade SSD has reached 1000 GB, and that’s Samsung 840 Evo, which is still less than an actual 1 TB)

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What Makes Solid State Drives A Better Choice Than Hard Drives?

In a relatively short time, solid state drives (abbr. SSD) gained a big reputation for being a viral alternative to the traditional mechanical hard disk drives (HDD). They are now all the rage and so many users are looking forward to get one for their systems. But why’s all that hype about SSDs? Are they really that amazing or is it just a shallow-hearsay nothing else? We’ll address this issue here in some details to help you understand why SSDs became a better storage solution for a wide range of computer users than the conventional hard drives.

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