IDE vs SATA help!

Can some one please explain in brief what the difference is between the two of these. My western Digital 120 GB is IDE, will this work in a new motherboard that is made for SATA (asus k8n-E), are IDE and SATA cables the same?

can i run IDE hard drive and SATA together on the same mainboard, how exactly does this stuff work?

please help

thanks
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  1. All SATA boards I know of also have IDE controllers, but will not stay this way.
    But, you can even get a SATA/IDE connector or an IDE controller card, and both are cheap.

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  2. is the cable the exact same tho

    like if i stick my ide hard drive and ide cable into the SATA port on the mainboard it will work?
    or how does that end of it all work
  3. You would attach SATA cable to SATA connector on the motherboard.
    You would attach PATA cable to IDE connector on the motherboard.

    If It supports both.

    If you have HDD DONGLE BOARD about 3-4 inches long and it has SATA and IDE conectors.
    So you run SATA in and out comes PATA ide
    If your drive only has SATA connects for power, then you might need a sata to molex converter also.

    Here are two I found on NewEgg for $20 to $27 shipped

    $20 High Point Technology Serial ATA Converter
    Model# RocketHead 100
    Item # N82E16822999111
    Rockethead 100 Converts Current IDE interface to Next Generation SATA
    This device allows users to connect ATA100 and ATA133 IDE hard disk drives to the Serial ATA controller. This converter is ideal for those who do not have Serial ATA hard disks, or want to avoid using multiple host adapters. it also elimates the larger Ribbon cables in favor for smaller, and longer SATA Cables.


    $27 ABIT Serillel IDE to Serial ATA Adapter Kit -RETAIL
    Model# Serillel
    Item # N82E16813999402
    Convert your PC to us Serial ATA, this kit is designed for use with Abit Motherboardssupporting the SATA feature, but may work with other companies, but compatibility is not guaranteed.
    Specifications:
    Complete Kit includes x1 patented Serillel IDE to Serial ATA Adapter, x1 Serial ATA Cable and x1 Power Extension Cable


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  4. well lets put it this way
    anybody know off hand if my WD 120 gb hard drive IDE will work on an ASUS K8N-E Delux??????

    or do i need to throw this hard drive away and buy a few sata's?

    if i need to buy sata's its no big deal but i thought id just ask =)
  5. All current motherboards still support IDE, so you're fine with that HDD. The K8N-E Deluxe also supports SATA.

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  6. Everyone has told you numerous times that ALL CURRENT BOARDS SUPPORT YOUR DRIVE! ALL CURRENT SATA BOARDS ALSO HAVE IDE PORTS. AND YOU SHOULD CHANGE YOUR NAME FROM BRUTUS TO DUFUS BECAUSE YOU CAN'T SEEM TO LISTEN.

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