How to add a SATA2 hard drive to IDE-only motherboard.

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flameboy54

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Hello all,

I just got a SATA2 1TB HD but my motherboard (MSI KT3 Ultra I think) only has IDE ports. What's the cheapest solution to link the two but still utilizing SATA2? I could go USB2.0 (solution: external enclosure + USB2.0 PCI card since my MB only supports 1.1) but I would much have the faster connection of SATA2. Also, if I do have to add a SATA2 PCI expansion card, it should recognize the whole TB right? I know in some instances with older MB's, if you plug in a HD it will only register X amount of GB's. Any input is very much appreciated. Thanks! (y)
 

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Buy a quality sata controller card. Yes, the card should "See" the full size of the drive as long as you read the specs on the card and it says it will recognize drives of that size.

I use and recommend either promise or highpoint controller/raid cards. There are cheaper ones however you get what you pay for.
 

crjdriver

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ide is much slower the SATA. Buy a sata controller
Actually this is not correct. While sata has a theoretical speed advantage, neither interface even comes close to the theoretical speed ie 133, 150, or 300. Do a benchmark of your drive and see what it says as to drive speed. I am betting it will be somewhere around 50~60mps transfer speed; well below even ATA100.
 
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