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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tl;dr version
by Laurence on Wed 29th Feb 2012 07:02 UTC
Laurence
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2007-03-26

tl;dr version: buy a SATA/IDE converter for ~$3.

(I can't imagine anyone on here is in the dark about what IDE and SATA connectors look like)

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RE: tl;dr version
by henderson101 on Wed 29th Feb 2012 09:40 in reply to "tl;dr version"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

You know what? This was my thought. Or buy a SATA card for older hardware. PCI or whatever. I have seen enough P4 era machines with both PATA (a.k.a. IDE or ATA if you are a Mac pedant) and SATA connectors (as CD Rom drives were VERY slow to embrace anything but IDE.) Anything older than that probably has PCI slots and you can buy a PCI SATA card for ~$3 too these days.

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RE: tl;dr version
by OSbunny on Wed 29th Feb 2012 13:33 in reply to "tl;dr version"
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2009-05-23

Well you gotta pimp that affiliate link to amazon or whatever.

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RE: tl;dr version
by Underphil on Wed 29th Feb 2012 17:28 in reply to "tl;dr version"
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2012-01-13

You wouldn't think so, but I guess it won't be long before there is a generation of computer enthusiasts (or non-enthusiastic IT professionals ;) ) who will take a step-back when they see a drive that _looks_ like current ones, but has 'this weird 40-pin connector' on it.

Personally, I can't wait to see the back of them. A lot of SATA connectors have their faults, but getting rid of ribbon cables was one of the best things that ever happened, for me.

(Although it just occured to me that an SATA -> IDE adapter would use SATA cables, so my point is a bit moot! ;) )

Edited 2012-02-29 17:34 UTC

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RE[2]: tl;dr version
by Delgarde on Wed 29th Feb 2012 23:25 in reply to "RE: tl;dr version"
Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

You wouldn't think so, but I guess it won't be long before there is a generation of computer enthusiasts (or non-enthusiastic IT professionals ;) ) who will take a step-back when they see a drive that _looks_ like current ones, but has 'this weird 40-pin connector' on it.


While I don't disagree, I suspect that those people also won't have much interest in re-using some ancient 100GB PATA drive they found somewhere.

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