IDE to Serial ATA Bridge - how can I use 1 IDE drive and 1 ATA Serial drive?

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by Rob, Jul 28, 2004.

  1. Rob

    Rob Guest

    I recently purchased a WD Raptor Serial ATA drive. My Intel motherboard does
    not support the serial drive, so I had to purchase an adapter that would
    allow me to use the serial drive. The packaging states very plainly that you
    can use an IDE drive and a serial drive with the adapter. But, the adapter
    has to be plugged in to an IDE slot on the motherboard and a serial cable is
    then used from the adapter to the serial hard drive. I can't figure out how
    in the world I can do that and still use my existing IDE drive. If I use the
    slot for the serial drive there is no where to plug in the cable of the IDE
    hard drive. Does anyone have an idea of what I need to do? Other than scrap
    the whole computer and start over, LOL.

    Many thanks in advance, Rob.
    Rob, Jul 28, 2004
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  2. Rob

    jpsga Guest

    What adaptor did you buy?
    You can use an EIDE drive on these adaptors if you buy an converter that
    fits in the back of the EIDE drive. HighPoint calls theirs "Rocket Head
    Converter". This converter plugs into the drive and connects to the adaptor
    via a SATA cable.
    jpsga, Jul 28, 2004
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  3. Rob

    Junk Guest

    What kind of adapter did you buy?

    One would usually purchase a PCI SATA card (such as
    one by SIIG), plug this into a PCI slot, and use a SATA serial
    cable from the PCI card to the hard drive.

    There are adapters that plug into the usual parallel ATA Hard Drive,
    and from these adapters one runs a SATA serial cable to the PCI SATA card.

    I am not aware of any such adapter which you have described, so
    I would be interested in any info you can provide.

    Junk, Jul 29, 2004
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    John R Weiss Guest

    Most computers with IDE slots have 2 of them. Does yours?

    Does the adapter fit a slot on a standard 2-port IDE cable, instead of
    directly into the MB slot?

    Putting a Raptor on an adapter like that is a waste of $$. You'll never get
    close to its SATA performance. You'll be better off with a new MB that
    directly supports SATA.
    John R Weiss, Jul 30, 2004
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    Spajky Guest

    time ago I saw test of Raptor, the difference between directly
    connected to SATA interface or Abit adapter (IDE2SATA) was barely a
    1-2% max .
    Spajky, Jul 31, 2004
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