can I install a IDE HDD in a SATA computer

January 29, 2011 at 11:13:58
Specs: Windows XP, 1.80GHz Intel Pentium E2160 Dual Core
I am in the process of building my own computer using the following .. I started with a Rosewill Black Gaming ATX mid tower computer case and installed a supermicro C2SBA+ G33 motherboard into it . I am using a Intel Pentium Dual Core E2160 processor and have 2-LG GH24NS50 DVD/CD-ROM drives, a floppy disk drive, and a Samsung HD161HJ 160GB Hard drive ( which is SATA ) already installed and working with the 350 watt power supply . Now I plan on upgrading to a Cool Max ZP 1000 watt power supply and also upgrade to a 3 GHz dual core E8400 processor .My question today is ... I have an old Western Digital Caviar 2850 IDE Hard Drive ... Can I install it on my computer as maybe a backup seeing as though the rest of the computer except for the floppy drive is basically SATA ??? and HOW ????

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January 29, 2011 at 11:26:18
The new power supply is overkill and not very good. You should look for a psu that has only one 12 volt rail as opposed to multiple. look at the corsair line for example. According to your mobo specs, it does have ide ports available. all you need to do is install the drive with the cable, jumpers set to slave and it should show up. Go into the bios and make sure the ide ports are enabled.

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January 29, 2011 at 13:01:55
Sata is a IDE device, make sure PATA/ATA is enabled in your BIOS.
"The new power supply is overkill" yes i agree, u don't need 1000w psu(all u need is decent 400-450w psu) but i believe your current 350w will do the job well even with these(9800/9600/240 gt, hd 5670/5570/5550/4670/4650) v-card installed.
Look at your BIOS for overclocking features, if it support OC u can easily push e2160 to 3ghz(333 x 9) the board support up to 1333fsb.
Make sure the PATA hard drive is set to MASTER.

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January 29, 2011 at 13:09:32
As Grasshopper said that if your motherboard has IDE port all you need is the cable to install the drive. But please make sure how many IDE devices it supports. Normally a motherboard supports around 2 devices and in this case if you have 2 LG CD/DVD drives and they are IDE then you cannot connect a IDE HDD

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