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Can a SATA drive be installed in a PATA/IDE system?


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KenPC

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Hi ... Has anyone been sucessful in installing a new SATA hard disk drive (presumably using some sort of pin/cable converter) in a system originally designed for PATA/IDE hard disk drives? If so, how did you do it and where can the convertor parts be purchased? Would any sort of BIOS upgrade be necessary to do this? OS would be Win XP SP3.

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Yes, you can use SATA drives in system meant to take IDE/PATA drivers. You're best bet is going to be either a converter, which connects directly to the system board, or an external enclosure, which will connect to the system via either USB or eSATA.

Hope that helps! Let me know if there's anything else I can do. :)
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The SATA/IDE converters are crap. I wouldn't go down this route because they cause more troubles than they claim to actually fix. Plus when you do replace the board you won't need the adaptor anyway.
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