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Probably been asked a million times but I am too lazy to look around old post and threads.

I have a new HPa6742 or something like that. I am pretty tech savvy. The mobo has several SATA connection and a connector for a floppy drive which i installed on a friday night just cuz I was bored.

Now I want to add my old HDD from my old DEll desktop. The old HDD is a 60GB IDE connector. The MOBO has no place for me to add such a drive. Currently I have the drive in an external enclosure that connects to my firewire which is perfectly fine and connects fast. I just would rather have all of my components inside and that damn blue light and spinning noise that the external enclosure emits is annoying.

Little help. I think I would need some sorta converter switch for the SATA to IDE...If anyone knows I would appreciate it.


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here is a google search

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pci interface?

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You can probably find a pci card that you can connect your eide hd to. check out frys. they have every pci card you can think of.

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Use an adapter for one of your two PCI-E x1 slots

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You have two PCI-Express x1 slots (if I figured out your model number correctly, or "something like that") and there are lots of speedy and cheap (under $25) PCI-E x1 adapter to IDE cards.

Check out Google search: pci-e ide adapter

Info: The PCI-E x1 can handle up to 250 Mbps (millions of bits per second) whereas the faster IDE interface is rated at just 133 Mbps. So a PCI-E x1 interface should have no problem in keeping up with the IDE interface.

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got the part for $20 and connected the HDD internally thanks all!!!

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Re: got the part

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What part did you get? I assume you meant an interface card, but using which interface? PCI, PCI-E, or something else? like maybe a USB-IDE adapter?

Tell us, let others know what model of interface you've bought and what have you found to work well, or not so well. The Forum here is for others to learn, too.

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Given the part about being 'too lazy to look' . . I was

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surprised by the 'Thanks'. Be more surprised if you hear more.


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