ATA HDD via SATA Channel

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August 22, 2010 at 19:45:57
Specs: Windows 7
I have an ASUS M2R32-MVP motherboard, which contains one IDE channel, and 4 SATA connections. On my IDE channel, I have my DVD-RW drive, and my main hard drive, an 80GB Western Digital drive. The HDD is jumpered as Master, and the DVD drive is jumpered as slave.

I have two other hard drives that I'd like to use, but I'm having an issue with one of them. One, is a 500gb Seagate SATA drive, that, when plugged in properly, works flawlessly. The other drive is a 200GB Western Digital ATA drive. Since I only have one IDE channel, and both spots on the ATA cable are in use, I've been exploring options on how to get my ATA drive to work via an SATA channel.

I've tried two different adapters, one bought online that came with little documentation, and what it had was all in Chinese, and then I picked one up this afternoon from a local store. Neither have been working. I've double checked all of the connections, and they're where they belong.

Any suggestions on what I might be doing wrong? There are no jumpers currently in the 200gb drive that I'm trying to convert to SATA, but the settings on that particular drive say that no jumper = slave.

The 200gb ATA drive is not recognized in the BIOS when connected via the adapter, but when disconnecting the DVD drive and connecting the drive via the IDE channel, it is recognized.

Thanks for your help!

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August 22, 2010 at 20:18:23
You could try putting a jumper on it to make it a master then see if the SATA/IDE adaptor will work, Or spend a bit more on a PCI/ IDE controller card if your motherboard has an available PCI slot

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August 22, 2010 at 20:42:56
I tried putting a jumper in the ATA HDD and no go. Tried Master, Slave, and Cable Select configurations just to be sure. I had an old PCI/IDE controller card, but I think it wasn't capable of running on a 64-bit system / windows 7 so it didn't work, and I was looking for alternatives. I'll be taking this most recent adapter back and probably trying to buy a controller card tomorrow unless I can figure something else out.


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August 23, 2010 at 05:25:56
Adapters are very problematic. Get a IDE controller PCI card. for example:

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