Solved How to convert PATA to SATA in laptop?

August 5, 2018 at 19:28:14
Specs: None Currently, AMD athlon 2
I have an old HP Pavilion that uses a PATA/IDE hard drive, I have a spare SSD I wouldn't mind using for it but my ventures for an adapter were fruitless. Is there anything I can do to make this work, I want to and will make it into a Linux server of some kind and greater storage would be nice.

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#1
August 6, 2018 at 00:35:48
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I've never heard of such a thing. The nearest that I know of is an adaptor to fit an mSATA drive in a PATA laptop, Or you could use a USB connection, but it would be very slow.

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#2
August 6, 2018 at 03:55:00
If the drive in question is intended to be used as storage only...

Most flexible and simplest approach; use a usb cable adapter and use the drive that way?

As the drive will be for external storage use - speed won't be a serious issue?

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August 6, 2018 at 05:41:24
Thank you both for a reply, I was also thinking of using the ssd for an external drive, and I am currently unable to boot at all from usb on the computer due to BIOS limitations (can not read usb to boot). I am working on getting a dvd with Plops boot manager to make it able to do so.

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#4
August 6, 2018 at 05:57:41
Is the hp Pavilion a desk top or laptop?

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#5
August 6, 2018 at 06:41:41
If you want the drive for storage, then why would you need to boot from it?

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#6
August 6, 2018 at 08:34:00
There are plenty of adapters available: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod...

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#7
August 6, 2018 at 09:32:39
I'm not convinced that any of those devices would fit in a laptop. Space is usually fairly restricted, and the ATA connectors are a different size.

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#8
August 6, 2018 at 12:27:43
I've never used one before so I can't confirm that they'll work or not. I realize the space within a laptop is limited, but there are adapters listed specifically for laptops, such as this one: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod...

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#9
August 27, 2018 at 12:39:15
I forgot to do a follow up, sorry about that. I found an mSATA adapter that will work, https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B...
I did also find SATA to IDE/PATA as well, however it is too large to fit in it. I am still thinking about if that is what I want to do, but I am sure that mSATA will be the only and best option.

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