Linked by Howard Fosdick on Wed 29th Feb 2012 00:56 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Current computers use SATA disk drives. Pentium IV's and earlier computers used the IDE drive standards. How can you intermix SATA and IDE disk drives? This article discusses the options. It is the next in my series of articles on computer refurbishing.
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RE[2]: Further issues
by ingraham on Sat 3rd Mar 2012 03:55 UTC in reply to "RE: Further issues"
ingraham
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2006-05-20

To benali72 and Laurence, I don't believe faulty hardware is the problem.The devices work.perfectly well IF A DRIVE IS PLUGGED IN. The failure condition is only when the system tries to boot with card / adapter powered and plugged in but with no drive attached. In the case of the PCI card by Ultra, tech support actually told me there was no way to make it work. It appears that the devices are not designed to deal with the scenario of booting without a drive connected. Before you say, "Why would anyone ever do such a stupid thing," believe me that I have a valid, reasonably frequent scenario where I normally boot without a drive but every once in a while boot from a PATA drive. It's in a business environment involving old but still-running machines using the QNX RTOS.

Thanks,
James

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