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adding a Parallel ATA hard drive to a computer with a Serial ATA hard drive


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#1 triggerhappypappy

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 12:06 PM

I have a computer with a serial ATA hard drive, and I have an extra parallel Ata drive I want to add.
Is this a possible task Or am I just asking for trouble?
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Posted 10 January 2009 - 01:15 PM

It can be done, a PATA is connected via a IDE data cable, so if you have a IDE connection on the motherboard that is available you can connect it there. If you don't you can either purchase a PCI to IDE card and use it that way, or you can purchase an exterior enclosure that will connect via a USB port.

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 09:54 PM

It seems, I have more than one option.
I will take a look at my motherboard and go from there.
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Posted 13 January 2009 - 04:36 PM

Another option is something like this.

So if you don't have any ATA ports on the motherboard, that device in the link would plug into the older drive and allow you to connect it to a SATA port on your motherboard.




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