IDE to SATA convter

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July 26, 2009 at 10:59:39
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.66 GHz / 2045 MB
Ok so I am building a new computer and I have a 500GB hard drive that is IDE. The motherboard I am getting only has 1 ide port for cd drives which I use. The rest are SATA ports. I am getting a converter found here:

Thats the best one on the site. I was wondering will I see any performance bugs. I am planing on using this drive as a Windows OS drive. Is it a good idea to do that or should I just buy a SATA HDD. I don't want to waste my money on getting a new HDD when my 500GB is fine thats why I am getting a converter.

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July 26, 2009 at 11:02:54
One more thing. I know it won't be as fast as a real sata drive. But it wont be slower then if it was a IDE drive into a IDE port on the motherboard right?

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July 26, 2009 at 11:19:07
Why do you need more than one optical drive? A DVD burner can handle ALL the optical chores. Ditch one of them & just install the 500GB HDD on the board's IDE channel.

If you feel you need a 2nd optical drive, pick up a $25 SATA drive rather than paying close to $20 (w/shipping) for the adapter.

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July 26, 2009 at 12:08:20
I know I can do that but what you said doesn't help with my question.

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July 26, 2009 at 12:15:24
I didn't answer your question because what you wanna do is a bad idea, not to mention a waste of money. Take the easy way out...ditch the extra optical drive & connect the HDD in it's place --- DONE!

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July 26, 2009 at 13:09:20
I haven't used that adapter but according to the reviews on newegg it does seem to work.

If you think installing that hard drive with WinXP on it will avoid buying an OS I think you will find the Dell version of WinXP will not work on the new board. You will need to perform a repair install. Problem is your version of WinXP is customized for the Dell motherboard. You can try but I doubt it is going to work.

One more thing to note. Because you will be connecting to a SATA controller you will need to reinstall WinXP AND provide SATA controller drivers at the beginning of the installation.

You will either need to have a floppy drive installed, or Slipstream the SATA drivers into WinXP.

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July 26, 2009 at 15:35:30
Yea I know all the drives and everything. I just wanted a clarify on the performance. I am actually going to put on windows 7 RC and get my dad to give me a copy on the RTM version when it comes out on MSDN.

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July 26, 2009 at 19:15:37
There is little performance difference between IDE and SATA drives at this time. There should also be little (or no) performance difference between a motherboard and plugin IDE controller.

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July 27, 2009 at 07:33:54
"Yea I know all the drives and everything"

If you know, then why do you need an adapter?

"I just wanted a clarify on the performance"

PATA & SATA are different technologies. Theoretically, an SATA HDD will run faster than a PATA drive (or a PATA using an SATA adapter), but the performance difference *probably* won't be noticeable to you (the user) unless you run some sort of diagnostics to compare the two. Then again, it would depend on the specs of the drives. PATA vs SATA isn't the issue as much as RPM's, buffer/cache, seek times, read/write rates, etc.

"I am actually going to put on windows 7 RC and get my dad to give me a copy on the RTM version when it comes out on MSDN"

I still don't get where you're going with this? AFAIK, the RC will not be upgradeable to the RTM. You will have to wipe the HDD & start from scratch when the RTM becomes available. M$ has said all along that the RC is for test purposes only & should NOT be used as the primary OS. It amazes me how many people have ignored this "warning". They'll be in for a rude awakening when they find they'll have to reformat/reinstall in a few months.

Windows 7 Upgrade Paths – RC to RTM Jump Not Supported

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