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SATA to PATA converter

Hello,
I have an old pc with only IDE (PATA) controllers.
I want to add a HD and I'm thinking to buy a SATA one since it is cheaper and with more capacity.
Then I need a SATA/PATA adapter.
I've read about several issues with these adapters and the most common is that I can only keep the SATA HD in one IDE channel (no other PATA HD allowed).
Do you know if there is any adapter allowing me to keep my old IDE HD as master and the new SATA HD as slave in the same IDE channel?
Thanks.
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  1. is sata ports available in your mobo.
  2. No, I've only PATA ports, this is why I need an adapter.
  3. You need to buy a sata PCI or PCIE card for the sata ports. There is no cable that i know of that can do that.
  4. i agree with mightymaxio@ use pci sata this is the only way for you if there is no port in mobo then you are unable to do that.
  5. Let me be more precise.
    I want to buy something like this:

    http://www.amazon.com/Kingwin-SATA-Bridge-Board-ADP-06/dp/tech-data/B002SZDOM6/ref=de_a_smtd

    But I've seen several people complaining since they cannot use two HD in the same IDE channel whit this adapter. The SATA one works only if it is alone.
  6. This unit

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812240012

    seems to work. Note you must set its jumpers to select Master or Slave function on the IDE port, just as if it were an IDE drive, which makes sense.

    Users say this one works well, too, and has Master / Slave selection. They do complain a bit about poor instructions.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812119257

    This unit

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812232020

    plugs directly into a mobo IDE port to convert it into two SATA ports. But that does mean it consumes the whole port, so you cannot use it to connect one IDE device plus one SATA device to that IDE port. You would need to connect ALL your IDE devices to another IDE mobo port. You need some clearance over the IDE port for it, and it requires connecting a normal IDE device power supply from the PSU.
  7. Paperdoc said:
    This unit

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812240012

    seems to work. Note you must set its jumpers to select Master or Slave function on the IDE port, just as if it were an IDE drive, which makes sense.

    Users say this one works well, too, and has Master / Slave selection. They do complain a bit about poor instructions.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812119257

    This unit

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812232020

    plugs directly into a mobo IDE port to convert it into two SATA ports. But that does mean it consumes the whole port, so you cannot use it to connect one IDE device plus one SATA device to that IDE port. You would need to connect ALL your IDE devices to another IDE mobo port. You need some clearance over the IDE port for it, and it requires connecting a normal IDE device power supply from the PSU.



    Thank you very much Paperdoc. That is exactly what I was looking for.
  8. Best answer selected by dssmrn.
  9. These converters damage your HDD.
    I got mine damaged too.

    My seller also doesn't recommend me to buy these.
    Donot buy them.
    Buy a PATA Hard Drive either.
  10. I have used many of these for many years on many computers and never once have they damaged a drive so you can see I'm a bit skeptical of your statements.
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