Do you have one or two IDE ports on the mobo?Currently 1 internal SATA HDD, 1 DVD ROM and 1 DVDRW drive both IDE.
oh, so the adapter here: http://www.firewire-1394.com/serial-...-converter.htm won't work then?no you cant adapt an IDE drive to run on a sata controller
I have a 250Gb Seagate Barracuda IDE drive which has been nestling in an external caddy since I purchased it about 9 months ago. For the 3rd time now I have had problems with the file system becoming corrupt and the drive becoming unreadable. I am inclined to believe that this is because the drive is not intended to be used in an external caddy (indeed Seagate themselves have suggested as much in the past) so having salvaged the data I would like to mount the drive internally.
I have a spare bay but no spare IDE controller. I have spoken to the PC manufacturer who has confirmed that the mobo I have only supports 2 IDE devices (my DVD and DVDRW drives) but supports 4 SATA devices. I currently only have 1 SATA HDD in the system.
Is there a reliable and safe way to convert an IDE HDD to a SATA connection so that I can mount the drive internally? A friend has suggested that I might be able to get an IDE to SATA dongle which will do the job. Is this true, and if so are they safe to use or is there a risk of equipment failure and data loss?
Or, would I be better mounting the drive as is by sacrificing one of my IDE DVD drives and getting a SATA DVD drive as a replacement?