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Jackler

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So my computer of 7-8 years, the Compaq Presario 5430US, just died. Great run for the life. I just bought a Dell GX270 off of ebay, running at 3GHZ, 2GB ram, and pulled the hard drives, audio card, video card, and the CD burners from the old compaq and slapped them in the new(er) dell. Everything so far has worked great, except for the one MAJOR problem. The dell GX270 is a SATA hard drive machine, and my 2 400GB hard drives are ATA. They have all the information I need on them, and i wont be able to afford any new sata drives. Now there is two seperate IDE ports on the mobo, so I plugged the CD burners into one using a IDE splitter cable, and used another like cable to try to hook up the two hard drives to the other IDE port. It will recognize one hard drive, but only knows the name of the device. Sometimes itll appear in My computer, but it says it isnt formatted, and that theres 0 bytes on it. Im thinking its possibly the IDE, but im not reeally sure. Is there any kind of PCI adapter, like raid or something, that could read the maxtor drives? Or an adaoter that could connect the ATA connectors to the SATA connectors? Please direct me to the best course of action, because this is truly frustrating..

Thank you.
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