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IDE to SATA Adapter

I bought a SATA drive, and discovered that they are different than IDE drives when it showed up. So I bought an IDE to SATA adapter, and when I installed the adapter (which is a small board that plugs into the IDE port on the MB, and then attaches to the SATA drive via a SATA cable that attaches to the small board) the system did not recognize the drive. I tried it in another system (btw, both systems worked, and still do), and it also did not recognize the drive. I took the HD to a computer repair place, and they said the drive works fine. The seller of the adapter won't even answer my emails. I can provide photos, or any other information a layman such as myself might be able to, should you desire more technical information than I have provided herein. I received no other software, programs, drivers, or anything with the adapter, and was told all one needed to do was plug it in. I sure hope you can help, so I can get my unused drive backing up my otherwise vulnerable files which are overflowing from my current IDE drive. Thanks!

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  • Valued Customer Apr 25, 2007

    Hi, Thanks for taking the time to help out! I get 'page not found' from that link*.

    The adapter does fit into the IDE slot on the motherboard, and the SATA cable goes from that to the drive. The description from the seller indicated that it would allow SATA drives to work on old IDE motherboards.

    I suppose it's possible they sent the wrong part, but since they have the customer service skills of verminous parasites, it is impossible to ascertain.

    * I found that the link you provided is truncated by this site, by right clicking it and selecting 'copy link text', and then pasting into Google. I went to the accessories page, as I believe you intended. The item there is to connect an IDE drive to a SATA cable - the opposite of what I need. I need to connect a SATA drive to an IDE connector, and that is what the device I bought is supposed to do, but seems not to.

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Hi, could it be that you have an adapter that works one way only - IDE to SATA - it converts an IDE drive to SATA host port and therefore will not work in your motherboard. What you probably should get is Sata Drive to IDE connector. You might want to have a look @ http://www.satacables.com/html/sata-acessories.html./ Hope this be of some help to you. Good luck.

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    Louie Role Apr 25, 2007

    I guess you are right, the link being truncated here's the complete link satacables.com/html/IDE_to_SATA_adapter_JM20330.html. Near the end, you'll notice that it says click here for....... is what you need. My intention was to show you how nearly identical the appearances of the adaptors are so that you would have an idea if they send the adaptor by mistake.

    In my case, it took quite a while before Win XP recognized the SATA. The icon New Hardware found showed right up but took really a while before it was recognized as a local hard disk and i was instrcuted to shut down since new drivers have been installed. Might be, I say might be, you need to let you machine take its time in recognizing the SATA and install drivers.

    Also, pls post pix of your mb if able coz the manufacturer's site claims that since version 1.0, they have built-in SATA (pcchips.com.tw/PCCWeb/Products/Productsdetail.aspx?detailid=358&MenuID=16&LanID=0)

    Regards

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