SATA to IDE Converters - bad idea? Tags: Hard Drives SATA Storage Last response: January 20, 2005 2:16 PM in Storage Share kevinshi January 19, 2005 10:33:03 PM I'm a newbie and I've read the FAQ... ;-) Looks to me like SATA drives have a different connector than IDE drives. Ahem. I have a slew of IDE drives I would like to use on a new mobo. I see in the FAQ that it is really preferable to have each drive on its own controller (vs. shared with a ATAPI for instance). Is there a downside to using a IDE to SATA converter (like the link below) - am I losing much of the value of SATA in the first place? http://www.cwol.com/serial-ata/serial-ata-ide-converter... Thanks, kevin More about : sata ide converters bad idea sobelizard January 20, 2005 12:07:00 AM Your better bet would be to utilize an ide card controller. Very inexpensive and can add up to 4 more ide devices per card vice having to use converter/adapters on each device. <b><i>Powered by <font color=blue>V</font color=blue><font color=purple>E</font color=purple><font color=red>R</font color=red><font color=purple>T</font color=purple><font color=blue>O</font color=blue></b> Sponsored by the makers of <A HREF="http://latviansonline.com/sprats/sprotes_title.gif" target="_new">Sprotes</A> kevinshi January 20, 2005 6:56:03 AM Better performance, better price? I really do not want to burn a PCI slot... Thanks, kevin Related resources Ide converter to sata problem - Forum SATA to IDE converter - Forum IDE to SATA converters for laptops - Forum IDE to SATA converter on DVD burner problem. - Forum IDE SATA converter not working - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer Codesmith January 20, 2005 9:50:17 AM You can get a two channel (4 device) ATA 133 controller for the price of a single ATA to SATA converter. I would rather "Waste" one PCI slot than lose 4 SATA ports! I would only use ATA to SATA adapters if I needed to RAID SATA and ATA drives. kevinshi January 20, 2005 2:16:57 PM The mobo I am using has four on board sata connectors and two ide controllers. I am using the ides for a dvd and one hdd. I have three other hdds I want to use. given all of that seems like using one of these convertors is a good idea. Lets me not take up a pci slot while not having to order new hdds. Is there any performance or stability downsides to using one of these sata to ide convertors? Thanks, kevin Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources : ForumABIT AB9 + IDE . Bad idea ? ForumQuestion about IDE/SATA converter and HDD fan ForumConverted IDE hard drive to SATA vs pure SATA performance ForumIDE dvd to motherboard sata Forum7 year old IDE vs used SATA on eBay ForumSATA to IDE Converters ForumSATA to Ide Converters ForumHard Drive IDE to SATA ForumP5G41T-M LX3 not detecting IDE DVD drive ForumZip 250 ( IDE ) not recognized in XP ForumSATA vs IDE /ATA 133-- how much better? ForumMy computer is saying that there is a hard disk failure Forumhow to setup sata hd and ide cdrom drives Forumdam ms, and their not able to handle sata ForumSATA HD PROBLEM More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !