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January 19, 2011 1:39:08 PM

Hello Everyone,

I was hoping for a bit of advice...my current old system consists of a 120 Gb IDE drive. The system I am building is SATA. Can anyone suggest any ways for me to move big amounts of data between systems? I actually have a small collection of old IDE drives from past systems and I'd like to cull thru these and pull off anything I want and dump it onto my new 1 TB SATA drive. I do not have these setup on any sort of a network. Ideally I'd like to put one of the IDE drives in an external case and move that between systems. Anyway I can easily connect an IDE drive to my new SATA system?

Was thinking of thumb drives but the only ones I have are 2 gb each..would take forever...

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a c 314 G Storage
January 19, 2011 7:58:56 PM

Simplest (and fastest) solution: Your new motherboard also has an IDE controller. Then take each old drive, one at a time, put it inside the new case attached to the IDE controller, boot up, and voila! You can access the old drive as a source and new drive to copy to.
So, what mobo do you have?

Next simplest (slow): Buy a dongle like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and copy the drives one-at-a time by attaching them externally and copying the files. I don't see a need to use an external case if you are only going to copy ONCE and then not use the old IDE drives again.
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January 19, 2011 11:07:19 PM

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January 19, 2011 11:24:43 PM

Thank you very much for taking time to answer my question so thoroughly. I never knew a dongle like that existed! I particularly like the no external case deal. Yes these drives contain valuable work, but after I pull the data onto the new 1 TB drive, I'm wiping them and giving a few to my friend who is building his own experimental box "on the cheap".

My new motherboard is the Asus Sabertooth X58. I didn't see any IDE connection on there. Am I missing something? Here's the manual. unless they are talking about using the SATA port as an IDE, but what about the obvious difference in adapters?
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January 19, 2011 11:27:54 PM

Sorry..cant get the link to the manual to show up.
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a c 314 G Storage
January 19, 2011 11:49:39 PM

Nah - I meant IF your new mobo has an IDE controller. Didn't mean that I knew that it does.
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January 20, 2011 12:06:10 AM

Ohhh OK, so I'm pretty much stuck with the dongle thing then right?
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a c 314 G Storage
January 20, 2011 10:08:48 AM

Yep.
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