How to connect SATA and PATA

May 23, 2011 at 06:37:44
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Dual Core E2200/ 2GB RAM

I am currently having a 80GB PATA(IDE) Drive. I would like to buy a 1TB hard Disk. But i can get only SATA drives in the market. I would like to use this new 1TB SATA as Master and connect the old 80GB PATA to SATA as i have important data in my old PATA drive.

Please let me know how to connect SATA to PATA.

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May 23, 2011 at 07:13:51
You dont connect SATA to PATA. You connect both to the motherboard. How you do that is defendant on which motherboard you have. Recent motherboard support both PATA and SATA. Older Motherboards PATA only. Some new motherboard have dropped PATA support altogether.

Assuming your Motherboard does have SATA support you will need to obtain SATA drivers for Windows XP as Windows XP does not have SATA support built in.


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May 23, 2011 at 07:15:14
Some motherboards have both SATA and IDE ports on the motherboard.
Yours may have both types so check it.

If it doesn't have any IDE ports, you can buy a PCI card with an IDE port on it, or buy a IDE-to-SATA adapter for the SATA drive, like this:

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May 23, 2011 at 09:20:34
Do NOT buy an adapter! Install a PCI controller card instead.

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