Difference between ATA and IDE cd drives

  paradiddle1984 17:41 20 Oct 05

i notciced on my old motherboard ( i am doing a rebuild) that the cd drive is connected to an ATA socket.

On my new board, there are IDE sockets.

Will I need to buy a new CD drive to work with IDE rather than ATA?

Sorry if this is a stupid question but Im not the brightest when it comes to pc's.

  DieSse 17:44 20 Oct 05

ATA and IDE are the same thing - just different ways of describing them.

Incidentally Optical drive interfaces are usually called ATAPI - don't worry though - it's still the same connection.

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