i am a bit out of date with pc stuff as i haven't had a reason to complain recently. however, i want to buy a bigger hdd and have been looking at a 400gb pata ibm/hitachi drive. my question is what is a pata hdd? it runs on a standard ide interface (my pc doesn't have provision for serial ata) and is meant to be quicker? does it need two ide connections, or will it plug in like my older ide drive? thanks in anticipation!