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SATA or IDE Hard Drive?

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March 6, 2012 1:58:37 PM

Hello,

I would like to know if I have a SATA drive or an IDE drive in my Toshiba Satellite A500-1DN.

Specifications:

http://eu.computers.toshiba-europe.com/innovation/jsp/S...

I know I can figure it out by checking the cable but I can't open the laptop.

Thanks in advance.

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a c 289 G Storage
March 6, 2012 2:09:02 PM

Open Device Manager (My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Mangler). In Disk drives, click on the Disk, select Properties, and look in the Details tab. Device Instance ID or Hardware IDs will tell you.
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March 6, 2012 2:38:01 PM

Well everything says "IDE" there. Not a mention of "SATA".
But I've been told my HD is SATA since it's a pretty new laptop (2 years) and IDE isn't used since about 5 years ago.

So, is it SATA or IDE?
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a c 289 G Storage
March 6, 2012 3:27:43 PM

You are right, I am wrong. Sorry about that.

Device Manager will show the model of the drive - mine is st980813as. You can also see that by running msinfo32 (an XP tool), navigating down to Storage - Disks.

A Web search on the model number revealed that this is a ST980813AS Momentus 7200.2 SATA 3.0 Gb/s 80 GB Laptop Hard ....

So try it that way, and I'm sorry that I mis-directed you.
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March 13, 2012 7:10:37 PM

Best answer selected by razabc.
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