SATA mobo, can I fit IDE?

  roddytoo 20:40 27 Jun 2008

Have a SATA mobo with two SATA HDD fitted. No IDE connection. Is there any way I can adapt this for an IDE HDD, probably in an internal caddy, need information that is on the old IDE HDD and use it for storage.

  Technotiger 20:44 27 Jun 2008
  grey george 21:05 27 Jun 2008

yes. This thread has some info
click here
You could buy an extenal caddy with a usb plug
click here
once you have accessed your info just use this as a back up drive.

  daxian 22:10 27 Jun 2008

hi roddytoo....
are you saying there is not a dvd player/writer in your system ??? or is that a sata connetion as well?
have seen very few mobo's without at least one ide for the dvd....maybe i'm not looking very far.!!!!Dave

  woodchip 22:16 27 Jun 2008

If you have a spare PCI slot you can get a Promise IDE card click here

  hastelloy 10:43 28 Jun 2008

I am about to fit the adaptor which was the subject of my thread which grey george linked to above. I also bought click here which I have been using for a couple of weeks. This has the advantage that you can switch it off/remove it without having to open the case. Either will enable an IDE drive to connect to a SATA port. I actually bought 2 of caddyse and then found I only had room for 1 (doh), so if you would be interested in the surplus 1 PM me.

  hastelloy 10:45 28 Jun 2008

you'll see from the links in my thread that they vary considerably in price - (£2+ to £34+) - and they all look the same. I dare say there's a variation in quality but ........

  hastelloy 13:32 28 Jun 2008

I couldn't get this to work and then discovered that the SATA socket on the dongle is broken. Back it goes and I'll get a more expensive (better quality) one!!! Lesson learnt???

  cream. 13:37 28 Jun 2008

"have seen very few mobo's without at least one ide "

I haven't seen any without one IDE motherboard connecter. What is your motherboard?

  roddytoo 06:43 29 Jun 2008

Solution appears to be the Promise card, giving the IDE connection. Need this because a DVD and DVD writer both exist taking up the onboard IDE connections.
Next problem: clone the existing HDD ( a weedy 160gb) to the new 500gb, any advice on software? Have found a couple of freeware verssions,

HDClone Free Edition 3.5.2

EASEUS Disk Copy

any comments on these?
Thanks for all the advice, guys.

  woodchip 18:35 29 Jun 2008

The Card takes up to four IDE drives, two per ribbon cable. Not to forget you will need Molex four pin power plugs for each new drive, also check the PSU is up to powering this lot

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