Hey, I pretty much bought a whole new system, motherboard, psu ect. But just kept my older Harddrive because don't really need a new one. Anyway, so I have the motherboard and everything setup. Except I can't see any parallel IDE ports to connect my older harddrives to. Is it hidden or something? Heres the motherboard I got. http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD5085&v...
If there is no slot, am I able to buy an adapter? or am I forced to go get a new hard drive?
Get a new hard drive. PATA is twenty six years old, and SATA has been available for almost a decade. Get with the times, man. Newer hard drives will be much, much faster, have several times more storage and aren't very expensive.
I would very strongly recommend not screwing with any adapters or such nonsense aside from just recovering data. PATA is beyond dead, and there is absolutely no good reason to continue using such old, outdated drives. If your hard drives were people, they'd be in high school or college by now. You could probably buy a single SATA drive for $100 that has more capacity than all your PATA drives combined.
Is it really so unreasonable to spend a hundred bucks on updating your storage once a decade?