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 mSATA to SATA converter - bad idea for SSD? - Forum IDE to SATA converters for laptops - Forum SATA to IDE Converters - Forum SATA to Ide Converters - Forum IDE/SATA cable AC Power Converter - 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 SolvedConverting SATA ports IDE to AHCI BIOS help Forum SolvedIDE to sata converter not working Forum SolvedIDE to sata converter not working Forum SolvedHelp with IDE disc drive with sata converter Forum SolvedConverting IDE to SATA Forum SolvedPCI to IDE card is better or IDE to SATA converter better Forum SolvedNew f2a85V-pro, PATA CD with IDE-to_SATA converter; system doesn't see CD Forum SolvedIDE to SATA converter problem Forum SolvedHard Drive only spins after connecting ide-sata converter Forum how to convert hdd from IDE to SATA 2 Forum Solvedide to sata or usb converter Forum SolvedConverting a IDE Drive to SATA Drive Forum looking for a internal ide to sata converter Forum ABIT AB9 + IDE. Bad idea? Forum SolvedIs there a device that converts two ide devices with one ribbon into SATA Forum More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !