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September 7, 2009 12:42:55 PM

Hi,

I accidentally deleted my post so I will type it agian, but more briefly.

I am looking for a SATA to IDE adapter because the cable connecting my SATA HDD (Western Digital 250GB ATA100) to my motherboard (Gigabyte MA770-UD3) is barring the way for my new Graphics card NVidia GTX 285 (currently I'm using the smaller sized ATI radeon X1900XT).

Is it advisable/safe to use an adapter? If so, which one should I buy?

If you need additional info, I will gladly give it to you.

Many thanks, A slightly frustrated gamer :p 
a b G Storage
September 7, 2009 8:12:52 PM

Is safe...but the speed of reading of your HDD could be go down.
a c 342 G Storage
September 8, 2009 4:56:58 AM

Another alternative may be to use a SATA cable with a 90-degree (right angle) bend in the connector on one end. If you have a little space behind the drive, but not enough for a straight-out connector and cable, this might solve your problem.

Have you considered moving the drive to another mounting bay? Or maybe the problem is at the mobo end.
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a b G Storage
September 8, 2009 1:28:08 PM

^ Isn't recommendable a SATA cable with 90-degree....the data could be lost.
a c 342 G Storage
September 8, 2009 2:03:02 PM

saint19 said:
^ Isn't recommendable a SATA cable with 90-degree....the data could be lost.


I've never heard that there is a reliability problem with SATA cables with 90-degree connectors. Can you link to any sources of this info?
a b G Storage
September 8, 2009 2:35:11 PM

Paperdoc said:
I've never heard that there is a reliability problem with SATA cables with 90-degree connectors. Can you link to any sources of this info?


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My apologies, I beleived that when your refer to 90 degrees, you refer to meant to bend the cable to 90-degrees.No to the conecction of this.
September 8, 2009 5:00:08 PM



The problem is the blue/grey thing. If the cable's angled 90 degrees, it'll still stick out, right?

Forgive me if I'm not that good in explaining, English isn't my first language...
a b G Storage
September 8, 2009 5:49:08 PM

The 90 degree cable isn't a problem...
September 8, 2009 5:50:40 PM

Awesome, any suggestions where I should buy it?
September 8, 2009 6:16:54 PM

Ok. I just noticed that my cable isn't SATA. sorry ! Apparently it's a IDE cable, like the uploaded picture...
a c 342 G Storage
September 8, 2009 6:34:26 PM

You showed a picture of an IDE ribbon cable, but I think you have a SATA drive. I was thinking of these:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
That one has locking connectors on its ends. I suggest the angled end at the disk drive - is ther enough space in your case for this?

Picture: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ShowImage.aspx?Image=12-1...


This next one makes the cable bend UP when pushed into the back of a SATA drive. One reviewer says it helped solve his problem of crowding with your video card on an ASus MOBO.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N...

Picture at: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ShowImage.aspx?Image=12-1...
a c 342 G Storage
September 8, 2009 6:43:19 PM

Oh, now I see. You HAVE an IDE drive and want to plug it into a SATA mobo port because the ribbon cable for it conflicts with the video card where the cable end plugs into the mobo's IDE port. Really? The mobo-end connector on the ribbon cable you showed only extends up from the IDE port connector about 4 to 5 mm. does the end of your video card come right down on top of the IDE port?

By the way, when you use a ribbon cable like that, you CAN bend the cable to a right angle quite close to the end connector if you need to, so it almost stands up from the mobo connector.
a b G Storage
September 8, 2009 6:43:49 PM

Your mobo have SATA and IDE, if the mobo is new (that I beleive), your HDD is SATA too, so you need some cable like the first link that i post or the links that paperdoc post too.
September 8, 2009 7:15:41 PM

saint19 said:
Your mobo have SATA and IDE, if the mobo is new (that I beleive), your HDD is SATA too, so you need some cable like the first link that i post or the links that paperdoc post too.


Sadly, my new HDD doesn't have SATA. SO we're back to adapters...
a b G Storage
September 8, 2009 7:33:38 PM

Why you bought a "new" HDD that isn't SATA?
September 8, 2009 7:59:16 PM

Because the shop owner suggested it and I didn't really knew what SATA and IDE was, untill now... so..
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