I need educating about SATA drives

  wobblymike 19:56 25 Jan 2006
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I inadvertently purchased a SATA drive when I actually wanted a standard IDE drive. rather than waste it, I thought I could fit it if I purchased a IDE to SATA adaptor. It is a board which plugs into the IDE slot has a SATA cable which plugs into the smaller socket on the drive and came with a lead with a molex plug on one end to connect to the PS and a 3 pin fan/floppy type plug on the other which connects to the adaptor board. There is another bigger connector on the drive (data I guess) what does that connect too and what with? As you will guess never used sata drives before.

  [email protected] 20:08 25 Jan 2006

Fist thing is to study your mobo manual to see if it supports S-ATA.

  [email protected] 20:15 25 Jan 2006

I just googled ide/sata and it turned up loads, not least of all this click here_(serial_ata)?c=1554038471
You may find what you want there. The thing to consider is this: S-ATA is much faster than IDE. By adapting it, S-ATA to IDE, you are taking a retrograde step in performance. OK, if that is not an issue then all is well. Good luck.

  ed-0 20:20 25 Jan 2006

The make and model of your current motherboard and also the same for the sata drive may give us some clues on the best way to proceed.

  Mr Mistoffelees 20:42 25 Jan 2006

Yes the interface is potentially faster. In practise SATA and IDE drives are much the same, or indeed identical, internally, except for the interface. In either case the drives are not fast enough to fully utilise the available bandwidth and any performance difference between similar IDE and SATA drives is only likely to show up when running benchmarks. You will not notice the difference in day-to-day use, unless you go for WD Raptors.

  wobblymike 22:13 25 Jan 2006

Guys thanks this is all very interesting but is not answering my question - to repeat

Iinadvertently purchased a SATA drive when I actually wanted a standard IDE drive. rather than waste it, I thought I could fit it if I purchased a IDE to SATA adaptor. It is a board which plugs into the IDE slot has a SATA cable which plugs into the smaller socket on the drive and came with a lead with a molex plug on one end to connect to the PS and a 3 pin fan/floppy type plug on the other which connects to the adaptor board. There is another bigger connector on the drive (data I guess) what does that connect too and what with?

  ed-0 22:25 25 Jan 2006

We cannot see what you are seeing. Like this? click here

or click here

this? click here

  wobblymike 22:35 25 Jan 2006

ed-0

no none of those - i don't know how to do these click here things or i would show you a picture
i'm beginning to think i've bought the wrong thing this is to use a sata drive in an ide pc - maybe i need a pci card to go with the adaptor

  Zeppelyn 22:43 25 Jan 2006

Why not buy a PCI Sata controller which attaches to empty PCI slot, this will come with the thin data cable you need and usually have 2 or 4 slots, some give extra IDE too. Not too expensive either.

  wobblymike 22:49 25 Jan 2006

Zeppelyn yep i was heading that way i'll give it a go

  ed-0 22:56 25 Jan 2006

Cables like

click here

click here

click here

do any of those look familiar?

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