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6. Disk Drive Performance Hacks > 60. Upgrade Your IDE Interface

Upgrade Your IDE Interface

Speed up your system with a turbocharged IDE interface.

If you are stuck with a slower ATA-33, ATA-66, or ATA-100 IDE interface on your system board and want to soup up the system with an ATA-133 drive, you can disable the built-in interface, install a new IDE interface board, connect your new super-fast drive with a shiny new 80-wire cable, and zoom ahead.

Promise Technology (http://www.promise.com) offers two replacement Ultra ATA adapters: the Ultra100 TX2 and the Ultra133 TX2. These interface cards and similar versions from other manufacturers like Belkin (http://www.belkin.com) are available through computer retailers for $50 and up.

The adapters can only enhance the performance of systems with a 66 MHz PCI bus, so the upgrade is not effective for users of Pentium I and some Pentium II system boards with only 33 MHz PCI speed.


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