HDD finally toasted

Sunday, July 19, 2009 by angus1949 | Discussion: Personal Computing

Well after 4 years with this HDD and never having to reload Windows due to using FD-ISR imaging program I finally have to bite the bullet.  I have an older AMD Athlon processor with a MOBO that uses IDE HDDs.  My question is, is there a PCI adapter that can adapt SATA HDDs to use on an IDE MOBO so I don't have to buy a new drive when I build a new system (someday)?  I found a 500Gb IDE HDD on Newegg for about $80.00, but some of the SATA drives are cheaper these days.  I would appreciate any advice.

Reply #1 Sunday, July 19, 2009 3:13 PM

I don't know, I do know I hooked and old IDE HD to a new MOBO.

Primal Zed
Reply #2 Sunday, July 19, 2009 3:17 PM

I have never seen a IDE/SATA converter.  I have seen an external USB device that can plug into IDE or SATA laptop HDD (it mighta had desktop SATA, but I don't think it had desktop IDE).  I would suggest getting an external enclosure for your new SATA HDD (external enclosures use USB usually).

Some of the newest motherboards have only 1 IDE drive, or none at all, relying on SATA instead.  Not only is the narrower ribbon much easier to deal with in a case, but it's generally a better connection too (because of having several wires in parallel, which create a small electromagnetic field when current flows through them, bits passed through IDE have to go through at least triple-checking every single bit).

Reply #3 Sunday, July 19, 2009 4:07 PM
Reply #4 Sunday, July 19, 2009 10:21 PM

He asked about pci adapters.


Unless you're seriously hd crazy and will do multiple raid arrays later, I'd go ahead and use the above linked adapter though.  Just hooking up one drive to one port till you get a new mobo is overkill for buying a pci adapter, they're more for people that need more.  I don't know that I'd trust the cheaper ones in that list.

Reply #5 Sunday, July 19, 2009 10:31 PM

Keep in mind if you use a PCI SATA adapter card you will see speed drawbacks.

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