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IDE to SATA on A7V8X

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September 14, 2009 6:52:00 PM


I have an Asus A7V8X motherboard (without RAID/SATA) and an IBM IDE 20GB HDD running WinXP Pro. I want to add an Hitachi 1TB Deskstar 7K1000.B hard drive for storage.

Is it best to use a PATA to SATA PCI controller card or a dongle? Which chipset is compatible?

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a b V Motherboard
September 15, 2009 9:05:58 AM

I suggest you seriously consider upgrading your motherboard. It's most likely that SATA PCI cards won't work in your current mobo anyway, and if you're planning to upgrade piecemeal, a contemporary mobo is always a good first step.
a b V Motherboard
September 15, 2009 12:08:29 PM

If you are just using it for storage get a USB external.
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a b V Motherboard
September 15, 2009 12:10:59 PM

Wow, an old Socket A board? I would just buy an external USB drive.
However, if you are intent on using the internal drive, the SATA to ATA convertors work fine, you don't need the controller card.
September 23, 2009 2:13:21 AM

Hello all,

Thank for your suggestions.

Running a SATA HDD on the A7V8X (without RAID and SATA on board) requires a

* PCI to SATA RAID and IDE converter with the VIA VT6421A chipset
* Molex to SATA power cable

The PCI card runs about $12 on Ebay and the power cable is $5 at Radio Shack.
a b V Motherboard
March 21, 2010 7:04:22 AM


what did you do finaly I have the same problem with My A7V8X