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Using IDE's on New Dells

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#1 RAPHelp


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Posted 19 October 2009 - 04:12 PM

Am considering a new Dell computer .... currently have a Dell Dimension 4300 (circa 2001) and planned to use my current IDE HDD (only 1 year old - replaced original) BUT just found out that Dell SATA machines no longer support IDE. BUMMER

Is it reasonable (from a performance aspect) to use a 'SATA to IDE converter'?
... the 2nd drive would not be used for programs - only storage.

Although I have built computers from 'scratch' (when I was younger and had access to extra space - i.e. a lab), I've reached the age when I'd rather have a customized one built for me.

Use the computer for Web design/website maintenance, FTP (upload and down). email, Internet, miscellaneous document/image activity, only a little gaming, very little music uploads/downs.

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 19 October 2009 - 06:05 PM

It's reasonable to use a controller card or whatever...if you want to use PATA/IDE devices on a motherboard which considers PATA a thing of the past.

I use my controller cards in such a manner.


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Posted 20 October 2009 - 04:47 AM

BUT just found out that Dell SATA machines no longer support IDE. BUMMER

are you sure the motherboard does not have a IDE port ?

amost all boards have them for old dvd drives and old hard drives

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