Problems connecting SATA HDD to IDE pc via Dynamode IDE-SATA-SI adapter

I have an elderly IDE pc which ran Win XP until recently on a 40Gb HDD (it also has a 320Gb IDE D:\). It ran reasonably well and was useful for occasional email/letters/internet use when other computers on our network are occupied.
The 40Gb HDD died the other day. I am now trying to mount a spare 80Gb Hitachi SATA drive from a defunct Acer laptop in its place. This drive reads perfectly satisfactorily when connected to another (SATA) PC.
I have connected the 80Gb HDD to the defunct IDE PC using a Dynamode IDE-SATA-SI adapter, using various configuration, in none of which is it found, though in some I get the message ‘Secondary Slave Drive Incompatible’. The indicator lights on the adapter – red and yellow – light up, but differently depending on which connector I use to connect the SATA data cable. I have set the HDD detection settings to Auto in the BIOS, but the CMOS reports the SATA drive as not installed.

The spare 80Gb SATA drive did have Win7 on it, but I have reformatted it using NTFS formatting. When I did this, the drive letter assigned to it was D:\. (There remains a recover partition on the drive, but I have been unable to find anyway of deleting/reformatting this.) I get the same symptoms when I connect another spare 300Gb SATA drive instead (though this one does not have a recover drive on it).


At present I have the adapter plugged into the red IDE socket. The SATA drive is connected to the connector furthest from the power connector on the adapter. This results in the yellow indicator light illuminating. If I connect to the other, the red light illuminates. I have power connectors running to both the 80Gb HDD and to the adapter.

I have checked the 100/133 jumper settings on the mobo. Changing them makes no difference. There appear to be no jumpers available to be set on the 80Gb HDD.

The mobo is a Gigabyte GA-7ZXE via KT133A AGPset.

The 80Gb is formatted as a primary partition.

Am I trying to do the impossible? Any suggestions as to how I can persuade my old IDE machine to accept the 80Gb HDD and to enable me to reinstall Win XP would be most gratefully received!

Milo
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  1. Only thing I can think of is that the adapter is old and gets confused when it sees a SATA II drive.

    Can you get the model number of the SATA drive you are tying to use. I know my older board had issues with SATA II drives. This makes me wonder if the adapter has the same issue.

    Most older drives had a jumper that could set SATA 150 mode for compatibility.

    If you are sharing a cable for the 2 drives for some reason, set the d: as slave(or even cable select if needed) as I would guess the adapter will make it self master.
  2. unfortunately, I am not familiar with this adapter. I would imagine you could probably find an IDE drive quite cheap that is working.
    But, for the price of the adapter you could probably get a newer working pc for your applications.
  3. nukemaster said:
    Only thing I can think of is that the adapter is old and gets confused when it sees a SATA II drive.

    Can you get the model number of the SATA drive you are tying to use. I know my older board had issues with SATA II drives. This makes me wonder if the adapter has the same issue.

    Most older drives had a jumper that could set SATA 150 mode for compatibility.

    If you are sharing a cable for the 2 drives for some reason, set the d: as slave(or even cable select if needed) as I would guess the adapter will make it self master.

    Nukemaster:
    The model number is:
    80GB Hitachi TravelStar HTS541680J9SA00 SATA 2.5" 5400RPM
    This is described as '150 Mbps' in a listing that claims to give the full spec. Elsewhere it is advertised on ebay as SATA II. I'm not really sure whci spec it is. It was manufactured in 2007. I've deliberately disconnected the slave HDD to try to focus initially on the SATA drive. One step at a time!

    Milo
  4. It looks to be SATA I, but for some reason the drive does not seem to be getting detected by either the adapter or board.

    Slightly at a loss for this one. Maybe another adapter, but as the user above says, chances are you can get a cheap second hand lightly used IDE drive.
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