IDE HDD to Sata Motherboard via Bidirectional Adaptor

Asus / Ph61-mle
November 15, 2012 at 13:33:42
Specs: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x86, G840 2.8 GHz / 4096 MB

After upgrading to a socket 1155 motherboard, from a socket 478 (using molexes and IDE hard disks), I am intending to use my current hard drives, which are all IDE onto my new SATA3 motherboard. I am attempting to add 2 old hard drives into the new motherboard, where I will boot using the first IDE disk.

I have purchased an IDE to SATA adaptor, which is bidirectional. I've set it up correctly; but no avail. The product which I have purchased is:

I've also attempted to attach the adaptor to a DVD-ROM drive; which also went undetected. Is there, or are there anything which I could do in order to solve the issue, and have the IDE hard disks be detected on my motherboard?

Sorry for the bother, and thank you very much for your time, as well as reading this post.

Kindest regards. :)

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November 15, 2012 at 14:08:41
Those adapters don't always work. Are you sure the adapter was rated to work with SATA 3?

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November 15, 2012 at 14:22:06
OtheHill, it's an honor to recieve a reply from you once again. Last time you assisted me was back in 2009 ( Haha, my computer specifications have changed from then, right?

Anyhow. Thank you for your response, I appreciate it. I'm not too sure if the adaptor is rated to work with SATA3 or not, however, the link I have provided on my first post; the eBay listing is all I know about the adapter.

Is there anything I can do to get the adapter/IDE hard drive to work on my SATA3 motherboard? I thought upgrade my PC was only going to take me maximum 2 hours, but somehow I always end up in problems (positive side, I always get a solution at the end, haha).

Sorry for the bother, and thank you very much for your assistance. ;)

Kindest regards.

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November 15, 2012 at 15:28:57
You could buy a PCI or PCIe based controller card to connect the IDE drives. Be sure if you do, that you can boot from the card. That takes a BIOS setting and the ability of the card.

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November 15, 2012 at 16:21:29
Thank you for your response. The motherboard I have is an ASUS P8H61-MLE, where I have access to the BIOS, with millions (exaggeration) of features. I'm wondering what card would be capable of booting IDE devices? And whether my motherboard supports the capability?

Since I have no hard drives connected at the moment (or as the motherboard currently sees it), I can't change or view many features; but I have noticed a Boot Prioritisation feature, which should hopefully enable me to boot via PCI or PCI-E - although I don't want to take risks.

Are there are any cards in the UK/England which can do the task? Sorry for the bother, and thank you very much.

Kindest regards. :)

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November 15, 2012 at 20:32:45
Seems as though the demand, and therefore the supply, of PATA (IDE) controller cards has dwindled. I can't provide a link to any that are guaranteed to work. Some that appear they should work but are fairly expensive. The specs on most don't include support for Windows 7. That could simply mean they are plug and play with Windows 7 or could mean they are not compatible.

If your BIOS (del key at boot) has an option to configure the SATA ports in an IDE compatibility mode, then try that.

List the exact model of the motherboard and I will attempt to help with configuration.

Look at the link below to see if it can help you with the adapter you bought.

When controller cards were more popular the chip set on the card determined whether or not you could boot from an optical drive.

Why did you buy a board with no means to connect the legacy drives?

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November 15, 2012 at 20:49:22
You could use one of the Promise cards. Here's an ebay listing for their ultra100 so you can get an idea of what it is:

Ideally you'd want their ultra133 (or I think they have a ultra166 too) as it has a faster data transfer which 'newer' IDE drives use.

These cards have their own bios. When in use the computer goes through the normal posting process and then 'hands off' to the Promise card bios. I'm using one in my old P-III 98 machine and it boots fine.

Promise makes some similar Raid cards but I've had problems setting them up so if you decide to get one of their cards you should probably avoid the Raid cards.

Oh, one thing though, these cards don't work good with ATAPI (optical/cdrom) drives. Assuming your motherboard has one IDE port you should use that for your DVD.

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