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Hi i'm wondering if I were to put (for example) an ATA 33 hard drive in an ATA 100 port, would being in this faster port make the slower hard drive run at ATA 100 speeds?
    
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no, it will only be able to run at its rated speed.
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Probabley not... then again would depend on the capability of the hdd itself.... but ATA 33 how old is the setup lol
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No, the lowest specs always dominate in stuff like that. If you have two interfaces, the slowest one will be the one the whole system works on.
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Probabley not... then again would depend on the capability of the hdd itself.... but ATA 33 how old is the setup lol

haha well, I still use Pentium III machines around 933MHz - 1.4GHz as backup internet PCs, and anything slower than that in my collection like an AMD K6-2 500Mhz PC running Windows 2000 Pro is still a good option for Offline business/office use. Of course, I have newer computers like Pentium 4's, AM3 Semprons, and an Athlon II x2 3.4GHz being used, but I think it's fun to make some use out of older hardware - especially old school gaming! biggrin.gif
    
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If you have two interfaces, the slowest one will be the one the whole system works on.

So if I used both the 32-bit PCI slots and the 16-bit ISA slots on a motherboard, then if I put in an even older 8-bit ISA card in, the system's bus would all slow down to the 8MHz of the ISA card? I often see conflicting ideas online about using both ISA and PCI cards, some would say It makes no difference. Sorry for being a bit off topic.
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So if I used both the 32-bit PCI slots and the 16-bit ISA slots on a motherboard, then if I put in an even older 8-bit ISA card in, the system's bus would all slow down to the 8MHz of the ISA card? I often see conflicting ideas online about using both ISA and PCI cards, some would say It makes no difference. Sorry for being a bit off topic.

I have no experience with ISA cards, but an educated guess would be that they shouldn't be affected.
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