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The best way to restore data from an ide hard drive

What is ide hard drive?

IDE hard drive is the most traditional form of hard drives that were used in the past but are still in use at a very large scale. They are known to be traditional as the technology upon which they rely is relatively old and the support is hard to find. IDE stands for Integrated Drive Electronics or IBM Disc Electronics which is used as a standard interface for all IBM based drives, CD and DVD drives. In IDE unlike Small Computer System Interface the controllers are located o each drive which means that each drive on its own can communicate with the motherboard. The later version of the IDE is abbreviated as EIDE or Enhanced IDE which also works as a standard interface for IBM based hard drives and the computers of similar genre. At the back of this drive is located the IDE interface cable, jumpers and the power connector. IDE is sometimes also known as PATA i.e. Parallel Advanced Technology Attachment and has several advantages over the newer SATA technology out of which the best one is that the ide hard drives provide maximum compatibility but on the other hand large storage is never supported by this technology.

What`s the difference between IDE hard and SATA hard drive?

When it comes to differentiating the two technologies the first and the foremost point that comes to the mind is the launch of these technologies where the IDE is something that is related to older versions of the IBM based hard drives and SATA is a relatively new technology. SATA is also known as Serial ATA or Serial Advanced Technology Attachment. Where the IDE provides maximum compatibility the SATA hard drives provide the users with large storage and are relatively inexpensive. New technological support such as native command queuing and hot plugging is something which the IDE lacks whereas in SATA the drives are less suited for servers and support the hot hard drive plugging as well. The data transfer rate in IDE is too slow as compared to SATA i.e. 133 MB/s and in SATA the data transfer rates go up to 600 MB/s. The data cable of the IDE is also traditional and could be up to 18 inches n length, in SATA the data cable is roughly 3ft in length and the power and data channels are spitted into two connections. Using IDE the user can have more than one hard drives connected and to do this the data cables are connected from one to another. It confuses the computer system as well and for the same reason it is unable to know that which drive is the one from which the OS is to be loaded and it is all due to jumpers. In SATA each drive is communicate with the motherboard directly and the main drive can be easily set from the BIOS settings of the system.

How to recover data from ide hard drive?

There are tens of thousands of software programs that are available in the market to make sure that the users are satisfied when it comes to ide hard drive data recovery however care should be practiced wile purchasing one as all of them are not the same and never provide same functionality or compatibility with IDE hard drives. To make the process easier for the user the software program that is used for recovery should have a user friendly interface and should recover the data without keeping in view how old the problem is.

Wondershare Data Recovery

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It is definitely a wonder that has been created by the Wondershare. When it comes to data recovery the user experience is not only awesome but the users are also very much satisfied in this regard as the data is always recovered as per their will and desire. There are two modes of data recovery when it comes to this program i.e. data recovery in wizard mode and data recovery in standard mode. If the user is apprentice then it is advised to go with the wizard mode as only clicking is required to perform the task. The advanced used can go with the standard mode as it will be easy for them to follow.


  1. Once the program is downloaded is launched it will automatically take the user to the wizard mode which will be explained here as it is simple and most of the users are not tech savvy at all:
  2. Once the next button is clicked the user will be directed to the next screen where he will be answering the first out of two questions i.e. what is the file type which a user wants to recover in the first place:
  3. The user will then be asked to choose the location where he thinks the file might have been lost of existed before it was deleted:
  4. The recovery mode is then to be selected to make sure that the files searching begins. It is worth mentioning that the deep scan takes longer period of time where as its scans all the bad sectors of the hard drive as well. On the other hand the raw file recovery will lead the user to standard mode which is for more advanced users:
  5. Once the process of deep scan ends the user will be able to see all the files that have been recovered by the program and the user can check the files to the be restored and hit the recover button to complete the process:

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