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SATA or IDE optical drives

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#1 ENRICO_49


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Posted 08 January 2009 - 01:05 AM

Hello everybody: I need an answer to the following problem.

I have a Gateway 835GM PC
XP Pro media center
Pentium 820 D Processor
Intel [Big Lake] 945G Motherboard

I just ordered two new optical drives for my PC from Newegg. I believe I might have ordered the wrong type of drives.

Lite-On iHAS120-08 SATA

I need to know the following: I haven't received the order yet. Should I try and cancel, or if received, return the drives for IDE units.
Or is there a way to install the SATA drives in my PC without any major problems.

I was told my PC can use either type of drive. However, looking inside the case after the fact, I see my present drives are connected by IDE cable.
Is there an adapter available that I could use, or would it just be easier to return the SATA drives and order IDE compatible drives.

I would appreciate an answer on what would be the best way to proceed.

Once again, hello everybody. I await your advise.

Thank you,


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#2 Hawkeye4


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Posted 08 January 2009 - 02:34 AM

Looks like you can go either way really.

Four Serial ATA interfaces
One Parallel ATA IDE interface with UDMA 33, ATA-66/100 support

You've got 4 SATA slots for either HD's or Cd-roms and highly doubt you have 4 HD's in there. You probably have the current cd-roms (dvd ones possibly) on the IDE cables, but you can move them over to SATA as well.

And they'll be faster too. :thumbsup:

Assuming you have the following MB in there:

Your motherboard?

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 02:43 AM

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