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Conversion Cable For Old Ata To Sata?


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#1 Venek

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Posted 22 January 2007 - 01:48 PM

Now that I've decided to bite the bullet and build a new system to replace my old one (fried motherboard AND CPUs), I thought I could use my old HD and just put it in the new one.

Whoops.

Didn't realize the new ones are SATA and not ATA.

That said, is there a cable I can buy or some kind of conversion hardware (and probably software, I'd imagine) that would read my old HD and copy it to the new one without having to install XP all over again and lose my data?

I'm shopping on Newegg but haven't checked out yet until I'm certain I have everything I need.

By the way, is it complicated to figure out jumper settings, slave/master settings or motherboard configurations? Should I just pay a vendor to assemble it together and copy the HD for me?

I'd like to build my own PC, but kind of nervous and skeptical regarding my skills.
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Posted 22 January 2007 - 09:15 PM

Yes there is a IDE to SATA adapter.
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Posted 25 January 2007 - 09:47 AM

Build it yourself. It's much easier than you would think it was. Make sure you have a second PC available (so you can ask questions here) if anything goes amiss.

Next - be sure you follow the anti-static procedures when building it. Static can destroy PC components (I learned the hard way!). Basically you ensure that the system is unplugged from the wall and that you maintain contact with the metal chassis of the computer case at all times.

After that it's mostly just plug and pray play! :thumbsup:

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Posted 27 January 2007 - 09:23 AM

Thanks...

Am about to put it together in a little bit. Taking my time here and reading all documentation. No worries about the static, I have the anti-static wriststrap handy. Just need to make a quick trip to the local computer parts store for a couple of fans...idiot me, I forgot to buy them. I was wondering if it was really necessary to have the optional fans put in, but I figure with the SLI configuration, it's better to be safe than sorry...so what if it's a little noisy?
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Posted 28 January 2007 - 01:05 AM

Fans are a bit dicey - too few and you can easily overheat, too many and you can disturb the airflow enough to overheat. But, if you've got too many you can always shut some off - if you don't have enough, then you'll end up having to get more.

A good fan concept (IMO) is to balance the inflow with the outflow. If you must err, err on a little bit more going in than going out (overpressure) - but not a whole lot.

The ATX specification generally calls for cool air to come in the front bottom of the case and exit through the PSU. But, by the time it exits, it's picked up heat from all the components - so you can improve upon that with a bit of thought.

For example, you can duct cooler outside air directly onto the CPU - this'll benefit the CPU. Then, you can put a blowhole in the top of the case to exhaust the extra airflow that you added for the CPU. This'll balance it a bit - but it's a bit simplistic since you've still gotta consider how the air flows through the case.

Checking the temps of your components is the best way to see this - that way you can see how well your changes cool your system. Tools like SpeedFan can help, but by far the best thing is an infrared temperature sensor that you can point at the components to take their temperature.

After that it's just a matter of experimentation! Good luck!
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