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EIDE-to-SATA Adapter

After a BIOS flash XP was happy because I could change one
of the SATA mobo ports to IDE. This was necessary for XP
to recognize an internal SATA DVD burner.

I'd like to use that mobo port for another SATA device. There
is one legacy EIDE port on the mobo. I want to buy an EIDE-
to-SATA adapter so I can free up the SATA port that is now
being used by the burner. I'm a little confused about the right
one to buy.

Masscool has an adapter (model CV-100). It's a small card that
plugs into the IDE port on your mobo. It comes with a power
supply and SATA data cable. The question is, will XP recognize
my burner if I use this adapter?

The other less desirable adapter is a small rectangular card that
plugs directly into the back of the burner. The other side of
the card has a port for a PATA cable. You know, those wide
ribbon style cables that we all hated so much! I refuse to build
a desktop without a floppy drive, so all my computer boxes
must have one PATA cable. I'd don't want to add another, but
I will if there is no other option.

Which adapter should I buy, so XP will continue to recognize the
DVD burner?

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Neither

In reply to: EIDE-to-SATA Adapter

Why not get an add in SATA card rather than an adapter? It will have more ports and should work better.

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You're right. An expansion card is a good idea.

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I thought about adding another expansion card, instead
of an adapter. The adapter seemed like a better choice
because it occupies less space in the box. I like to
see as much open space as possible, so nothing gets too
hot.

Masscool products have a good reputation, but a couple of
people mentioned that it didn't work for them. No one knows
why.

The drivers that come with an expansion card almost guarantees
that the device you plugin will be recognized. XP's own drivers
are frequently unreliable.

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You didn't give us much to go on as there was no system info

In reply to: You're right. An expansion card is a good idea.

so I'll go with Steve's recommendation. Converters are not inexpensive and affect only one device whereas a PCI controller can allow you to add one or more devices...esp if you add one that handles both IDE and SATA drives.

VAPCMD

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