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Converting a IDE Drive to SATA Drive

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January 31, 2013 2:10:15 AM

I'm Building a New computer, While trying to do it the cheapest way possible.
Mainly The Mother Board I'm getting only accepts SATA Devices. So As far as I know I'll have to buy a new DVD-RW Drive...

But I've found this,
http://www.walmart.com/ip/StarTech.com-PATA2SATA2-IDE-t...

I'm thinking I could just hook this device into the DVD-RW Drive itself and then run a SATA Wire from it to the Motherboard.
And it would allow me to keep on using my IDE Disk Drive.

Would anyone know if this would work?
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January 31, 2013 2:20:40 AM

I highly, HIGHLY recommend you don't do that.

It's designed for recovering data from an IDE drive when you have no ide ports. Pile that on top of the fact that any IDE drive is going to be very old and about ready to die at the snap of a finger...

However, unless this is for a media PC, you don't need a DVD drive - you can install windows from a USB drive.
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January 31, 2013 2:22:32 AM

lost of money keep it to buy a sata drive .
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January 31, 2013 2:24:49 AM

Probably not because it's intended for hooking up a SATA drive to older motherboards that have an IDE controller. What you are trying to do is just the opposite.

Try this instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 31, 2013 2:33:10 AM

DarkSable said:
Pile that on top of the fact that any IDE drive is going to be very old and about ready to die at the snap of a finger...

Well, The drive isn't that old :p , Well... maybe like 6 years old. But it still works pretty good :p 


JKatwyopc said:
Probably not because it's intended for hooking up a SATA drive to older motherboards that have an IDE controller. What you are trying to do is just the opposite.

Try this instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ah... So it meant for use for the other way around, Okay that makes sense.

And thanks for that link, That seems like that might work the way I need it to.
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January 31, 2013 2:34:21 AM

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January 31, 2013 2:41:39 AM

I tend to agree with DarkSable concerning the age of that hard drive. Be sure that you make frequent backups of any important data and keep all of your software install disks including OS just in case it fails on you before you expect it to.
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