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Want to use old hard drive, but it's IDE cable. Motherboard is sata

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March 25, 2010 4:24:23 AM

Can i use it? It's an old 200gig western digital hard drive. I'm going to install it into a G31T-LM2 motherboard with E5200 2.5ghz dual core.

Do adapters exist that allow me to use this old hard drive on this newer board? Is it safe to do? I know hard drives are cheap nowadays, but if possible I would just like to recycle this old hard drive since this system being built is only going to be used for internet browsing and emailing.
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March 25, 2010 11:45:10 AM

or something like this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That's just one, google "sata to ide adapter" - there's stuff as low as $13. Just make sure you don't get the one to plug a new sata HD into an MB with IDE.

Also are you sure you don't have an IDE port on the MB?
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March 25, 2010 5:10:40 PM

Here's the type of thing you need at the egg (same as gtvr listed above); it plugs into the back of the IDE drive:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

NOTE that this one is so you can use an IDE drive (jumpered to Master) on a SATA mobo port. There is a different model that adapts SATA drives to IDE ports.
sminlal suggested a PCI card to give you an IDE port. Third alternative: you could consider buying an external enclosure that accepts an IDE drive and turn your old drive into an external drive.
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