will a converter work?

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May 28, 2010 at 06:34:06
Specs: Windows XP
will a converter from ide to sata work on my motherboard if it doesnt have a built-in sata port?

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May 28, 2010 at 08:07:45
Get an SATA PCI controller card, not a converter.

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May 28, 2010 at 08:34:13
A converter MIGHT work; a PCI SATA controller card will ALWAYS work, but you have to be able to select SCSI in the Boot Order or similar settings in the mboard's bios Setup in order to be able to boot from a SATA drive that's attached to the PCI controller card.

See this recent Topic, particularly Response 5


A side note - DO NOT install a PCI SATA controller card, or any card other than a PCI video card, in the last PCI slot closest to the center of the mboard. That PCI slot is forced to share it's IRQ with the video, and only PCI video cards are likely to not have problems when installed in that slot.

If you don't have an available PCI slot, or if you don't have one other than that one, if you have an available PCI-E X1 slot, there are also PCI-E X1 SATA controller cards available. The same applies regarding you needing to be able to select SCSI in the bios Setup if you want to be able to boot from a drive attached to the card.

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May 28, 2010 at 12:52:17
I might disagree only slightly. Anytime you add in pci cards the bios may or may not allow some tasks such as boot from sata (even if os supports).

A ide to sata adapter ought to work and allow you to boot and load any OS that you have on now subject to motherboard hard drive size limits. Adding in a pci card might mean slipstreaming both the pci card driver and the support for sata.

A usb to sata may also have limits too.

Might be easier to get an ide to sata.It should not require any drivers. Since the backplane of that system is already near the ide speed limit I'd think you may not notice enough speed increase to matter by using a pci to sata.

That pci to sata works great though for storage and added drives and partitions.

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