Solved SATA or IDE Hard Drive? Tags: Hard Drives Sata Storage Last response: March 13, 2012 7:10 PM in Storage Share razabc 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. More about : sata ide hard drive | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Best solution WyomingKnott Storage Expert 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. | Report abuse razabc 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? | Report abuse WyomingKnott Storage Expert 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. | Report abuse razabc March 13, 2012 7:10:37 PM Best answer selected by razabc. | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Ask the community Publish Tom's Hardware>Forum>Storage>SATA or IDE Hard Drive?> Related ressources: ForumI have HP running XP with SATA hard drive . would like to add IDE for extra stora ForumSata DVD to IDE Hard drive ForumWhat's a reliable USB to SATA/IDE hard drive adapter? ForumIDE and SATA hard drive ForumCan we use both ide hard drive with sata at same time ForumWhat is the importance of sata and ide hard disk drive ForumIDE Hard Drive to SATA MOBO ForumCopy IDE hard drive to SSD SATA ForumIDE hard drive to SATA mobo ForumCan i use a ide hard drive to a sata motherboard ForumUsing SATA/IDE adapter to try and get info off hard drive ForumConnect scsi hard drive to ide or sata motherboard? ForumSata Hard Drive Detected as ide ForumMy motherboard wont recognize my hard drive . It is an ide hd plugged into a sata ForumSata master hard drive and ide hard drive as slave ForumSata master hard drive and ide hard drive as slave ForumSSD swap for Avatar 145A2 Ultrabook? ForumConverted IDE hard drive to SATA vs pure SATA performance ForumWant to use old hard drive, but it\'s IDE cable. Motherboard is sata ForumF500 notebook SATA hard drive, no IDE device found error More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !