PC Hardware forum

General discussion

ide hard drive on sata system

by kwsheeha1 / April 8, 2005 12:12 AM PDT

My daughter just bought a large Ide harddrive. When we opened up her new computer I found there is a SATA harddrive installed. Is there anyway to use this IDE harddrive on her system without removing her cd drive and dvd writer? If not, can we get an external usb harddrive case for the new harddrive? We are unfamiliar with sata drives. Thanks.

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: ide hard drive on sata system
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: ide hard drive on sata system
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
ide vs sata
by pboothe1 / April 8, 2005 12:36 AM PDT

The best of my knowledge, you need to buy a pci ide adapter (not expensive). The you can install up to 4 ide devices.

Collapse -
Does your mobo only have one IDE Port???
by Ray Harinec / April 8, 2005 3:02 AM PDT

If so, as pboothe says, you can buy a PCI card to give 2 more ports [4 drives].

You can also buy SATA to IDE adapters that plug into the IDE drive. Do a google search to find some. They adapt both the power and signal inputs. I have no experience actually using one though.

Collapse -
I forgot to reply about the external USB.
by Ray Harinec / April 8, 2005 4:05 AM PDT

Yes, that is also an option.

Popular Forums
Computer Help 51,912 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,498 discussions
Laptops 20,411 discussions
Security 30,882 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 21,253 discussions
Windows 10 1,672 discussions
Phones 16,494 discussions
Windows 7 7,855 discussions
Networking & Wireless 15,504 discussions


Want to see the future of car technology?

Brian Cooley found it for you at CES 2017 in Las Vegas and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.