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Need help with SATA Hard Drive to IDE (ATA-133/100) Adapter

Helping my friend with his old dell PC running on XP. Would this adapter work to connect a sata DVD drive to his board as his drive is toast. http://www.satacables.com/html/sata_to_ide_adapter.html

Also would like to know if I could get a cheap SSD to work in XP with this adapter too since ATA HD drives are not so cheap anymore.
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  1. Would it not make more sense to buy a SATA PCI adapter? Of course, you'd have to install a SATA driver in XP, but that's not impossible.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816124013&cm_re=sata_pci_card-_-16-124-013-_-Product

    As for the SSD, no that won't make sense as a hard drive is much cheaper for a lot more storage.
  2. I tried that adaptor on a SATA DVD ROM, and on a SATA HDD for a computer running XP, and it did not work. The BIOS would not recognize it, nor would Device Manager.
    I also tried 2 different IDE to SATA adaptors on IDE CD-ROM, and IDE HDD and got the same negative result when I tried to install them on a Vista Home premium computer.
  3. simonchipmunk said:
    I tried that adaptor on a SATA DVD ROM, and on a SATA HDD for a computer running XP, and it did not work. The BIOS would not recognize it, nor would Device Manager.
    I also tried 2 different IDE to SATA adaptors on IDE CD-ROM, and IDE HDD and got the same negative result when I tried to install them on a Vista Home premium computer.


    That's a let down as I ordered a couple of adapters just to hook up a sata-cd-rom to ide for some old pc's. Got them at amazon so if they don't work I can always send them back at least.
  4. klrman said:
    simonchipmunk said:
    I tried that adaptor on a SATA DVD ROM, and on a SATA HDD for a computer running XP, and it did not work. The BIOS would not recognize it, nor would Device Manager.
    I also tried 2 different IDE to SATA adaptors on IDE CD-ROM, and IDE HDD and got the same negative result when I tried to install them on a Vista Home premium computer.


    That's a let down as I ordered a couple of adapters just to hook up a sata-cd-rom to ide for some old pc's. Got them at amazon so if they don't work I can always send them back at least.


    That's where I got the ones I tried to use. EBay also has the same junk for sale.
  5. I have a few on order from China too, but they look the same but only a fifth of the price. So there's now way to make a dvd/cd rom drive work on an old dell?
  6. kirman: can you upgrade the OS to run Vista Home or Home premium? You can run the DVD/CD ROM without converting to SATA.You could also make it run windows 7 pro or windows 7 Home premium,but you'll need to install a Video Card.
  7. Yes, I could do that. If I upgraded to windows 7, would it also run a SSD do you think? I'm just trying to decide if it is worth upgrading or just donating the dell to some charity.
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    klrman said:
    Yes, I could do that. If I upgraded to windows 7, would it also run a SSD do you think? I'm just trying to decide if it is worth upgrading or just donating the dell to some charity.


    Make sure you use the NTFS file system,and that the video interface is compatible with windows 7.0 if you decide to upgrade it.

    Read the article in the link below, especially where it pertains to support with windows 7, 8 ...
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solid-state_drive#Microsoft_Windows

    hope this helps.
    simonchipmunk


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solid-state_drive#Microsoft_Windows
  9. [quotemsg=14307906,0,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solid-state_drive#Microsoft_Windowsto decide if it is worth upgrading or just donating the dell to some charity.

    windows 7, 8 etc. have support for SSDs.
    here's link to article from Wikipedia about SSDs,and includes a section on windows 7,8,etc
    .http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solid-state_drive#Microsoft_Windows

    make sure you use NTFS file system should you decide to upgrade to windows 7.0

    simonchipmunk
  10. Thanks for your help simonchipmunk , I'll look into that and see if I can make it work for me.
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