Ide to sata adapter converter?

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December 8, 2010 at 01:56:44
Specs: Windows XP, 1GB RAM
MY IBM THINKPAD R51, HAS AN IDE HDD WITH XP PRO INSTALLED,IT ONLY HAS ABOUT 4GB FREE, TOTAL IS ONLY 30GB, I HAVE AN 80GB SATA HDD WITH VISTA HOME BASIC INSTALLED ON IT OUT OF MY TOSHIBA SATELITE THAT SUDDENLY STOPPED WORKING,WONT POWER UP,CAN I ADD THE SATA HDD TO THE IBM,IS THAT WHAT THIS ADAPTER IS FOR?IF SO,HOW DOES IT HOOK UP?

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#1
December 8, 2010 at 02:15:09
Turn off the capslock. Better get sata pci card.

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#2
December 8, 2010 at 03:12:13
You cannot transplant an installed operating system drive ( Either XP or Vista) from one hardware environment into another.There is no way your Toshiba drive with Vista installed would boot up in the IBM even if you used an adaptor, nor would there be room for an IDE/SATA adaptor in a laptop. If you are running out of room in the IBM then you have a couple of choices. 1. uninstall un-needed progs from the IBM and perform drive cleanup to free up some more space. 2. Get a larger compatible drive to replace the current 30gb in the IBM. May be difficult to obtain and you may run into 48bitLBA problems if you put a large (over 137gb) drive in it. You then also need to probably use a different machine with adaptors to clone your current IBM drive. Otherwise you will have to re-install the operating system and any other progs etc on the replacement drive. Do you have a full install CD and driver disk for the IBM ? 3rd choice is to add an external drive to the IBM for additional data storage. Whether you choose to get a suitable enclosure and try to use your Vista drive for this is up to you but you would need to wipe that drive. Is there any prospect you will want to repair the Toshiba ? If so then leave it's drive alone. In any event forget any idea you might have of installing an SATA drive in your IDE laptop.

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#3
December 8, 2010 at 03:41:59
He changed the original post.

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#4
December 8, 2010 at 09:25:17
There's no way to get the SATA HDD to work in your laptop. Even if you could somehow get it to fit, Vista won't work. You could wipe it & use it as an external storage drive though. Maybe you should consider cleaning some of the unneeded garbage off your 30GB drive.

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