I've got 2 IDE drives lying around and I was hoping to be able to use them in my old computer. To make a long story short, the motherboard only has a FLOPPY connector which obviously differs physically from an IDE connector.
So my question is if there are any cables that have IDE on one end and floppy on the other. I suppose I can get one of those SATA/IDE adapters but those retail for almost as much as a new drive cost. Are there any workarounds or am I screwed here???
Most probably, apart from Floppy connector, your motherboard has also SATA connectors. But - you cannot connect IDE to floppy.
You can get cheap IDE-to-PCI (or PCI-Express, depending on what slots your motherboard has free) controller, and connect your IDE drives to it. SATA-to-IDE converter is also an option, but lot of people are not happy with that.
one other thing is you can buy a ide case for more then one drive that has it own power supply and a ethernet port and connect it to your network as a network device. not as cheep as the ide card route but another use for old drives.
My input for those adapters:
data corruption, BSODs (when using IDE/OS via these adapters), performance below IDE performance.
I've experienced these individually and simultaneously. It's been a while now, so I don't remember the manufacturers of them, but at one time I had 5 of those things laying around. I started practicing my juggling at one point.
One of them, and probably one of the most annoying problems; would actually back itself off the IDE connector and fall into the case!! 1 out of 5, therefore it was likely a bad design or out of dimensional tolerance fluke. But given the vibration intensity of a CD-ROM drive, I could see that happening more often there.
But I do admit, this is one man's experience. Your mileage may vary.