Question about Serial ATA IDE Converter and IDE to SATA Converter (SSIDEDD1)

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One of my desktop PC's is a Dell Dimension 4550 P4 running at (I think) 2.4GHz. Not so long ago I bought a 320 GB Maxtor SATA 2 drive for it with a PCI controller for the SATA drive.

In this configuration I can run the SATA as master, no problem.
In this configuration I HAVE to leave the IDE drive in situ or the thing won't boot - even though the IDE drive is now slave.
Having two HDD's in the unit causes the SATA unit to overheat, shutting the system down.

This was the point where I decided to say enough is enough!
So I bought a Dell XPS 420 ten months ago.

However, I saw recently a card which allows you to run a SATA drive through an IDE interface:

So I bought one to see if I could finally solve my original problem.
The drive shows up in the bios, but the pc just will not boot - there are no jumper settings to try, I'm wondering if its because the adaptor card is plugged directly into the IDE socket on the motherboard, and I'm wondering if the absence of a master/slave cable is causing its refusal to have anything to do with the SATA drive?

Anyone know of a SATA to IDE converter that plugs into the cable rather than the IDE slot on the board?

Anyone got any suggestions at all - I feel I am so near and yet so far and I can't help thinking a little tweak is all I need.

Thanks in advance for all help, hints, suggestions & solutions!

Rob H

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  • rh2705 Sep 27, 2008

    Problem Solved!

    To confirm your diagnosis, the first thing I needed to check was to see if the boot error message was consistent with solution #1:

    The message was "PRESS F1 TO RETRY BOOT OR F2 TO RUN SETUP - not helpful at all.

    With the help of my Partition Magic and Boot Magic rescue disks, I noticed that the partition on the SATA drive where the OS was was not set as he active partition. I fixed this and then I got NTLDR missing - backing your theory up! So using Boot Magic Rescue floppy I tried to boot through that and this fixed the problem - it booted no problem at all and i now have a single SATA running from an IDE socket!

    Many thanks - I did not think this would be such an easy fix - well worth whatever $10 converts to in English Money (about a fiver ish).

    Top Marks mastersaintx!


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Why don't you just buy a SATA enclosure for your drive? Then you can just plug it using the USB port on the computer

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The Sata drive are always set to master there's no way to salve it so if you have a Sata drive its always set as the Master hard drive and I will suggest you to get a sata expansion card that works via PCI slot check this link for that product

Hope that helps.............

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If I am not completely mistaken you have to reinstall the OS on the SATA drive on IDE. That is because the first installation was configured for connection on a SATA /PCI then now on the SATA/IDE port converter.

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