I've got an ancient 2.5" 30GB PATA internal HD that still works great (saved from a 2000-era Dell laptop) and I've also got a newer, 160GB SATA HD that works great (saved from a more recent Dell laptop). I'd like to be able to use them for extra storage, and if possible, I'd love to be able to boot from the newer 160GB SATA HD on occasion, since it still has a complete XP system, applications, etc.
Both drives have very different connector pins, as illustrated very well at: http://www.apricorn.com/what-hard-drive-do-i-need-sata-or-pata/
I have USB 2.0 enclosures for both drives, and they work fine when connected to my current Dell laptop via its USB 2.0 port.
but I recently started thinking: my current Dell laptop also has ONE eSATA\USB port. If I could find a SATA docking station, I would be able to read/write to my
SATA HD a lot faster than USB 2.0 speeds!
Then I started wondering: Could the older PATA drive also read/write faster if I could connect THAT to my solitary eSATA\USB port?
Then, picturing my desktop all junked up with several external docking stations and a jumble of cables, and being blessed (cursed?) with a fertile imagination that does not always concur with reality, I got to wondering: "I've seen lots of multiple-bay external SATA docking stations on the market by companies like Best Buy, Fry's Electronics, etc. Is there a chance one of those multiple docking stations might be able to accept BOTH my SATA HD and my PATA HD, through my solitary eSATA/USB port?
But before running out to Fry's and throwing $$ at these questions in trial and error fashion, I thought it might help to post the question here, so whatever answers result, may help others.