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SATA HDD as the main drive on an IDE mobo?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by albo23, Oct 1, 2012.

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  1. albo23

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    Basically, my IDE hard drive is really slow and noisy and I want to use my extra SATA hard drive on an old computer. However, the computer only has IDE connections... BUT! I have one of these:

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    I tried connecting my HDD to this via a SATA cable and powering the HDD via a molex to sata power cable. When I turn on the computer, it just tells me "Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter"

    All I want to do is run Windows XP from it.
     
  2. DaveBurnett

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    That picture shows that the BIOS chip on that card is set for raid. If that card came from Ebay, which I suspect it did, the BIOS is not updatable on there to turn it into a non raid card and it is not bootable.

    I had one.I suggest you get an IDE to SATA adapter that will let the SATA drive work plugged into the IDE controller.
     
  3. prunejuice

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    I don't think it's set to RAID, only that it's RAID-capable.
    It's probably an F3 key-punch during boot up to access the card's features.

    I had the same card booting a hard drive on a Socket A board years ago. Mind you, I was using a Linux OS, but it might be that you need to install additional drivers during a Windows install (i.e. the F6 option during Windows XP installation).
     
  4. crjdriver

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    If you are purchasing a ssd for performance reasons [which I assume since a mech drive is much cheaper] I would NOT be buying a cheap via controller card. If you want the performance out of the drive, then go with a quality controller like a promise card.

    FWIW you will spend at almost as much on a quality controller card as you would for a new modern mb, cpu, and ram.
    For less than $200 you can get a modern am3+ board, amd 965 cpu and 8gig of ram. This is only a little more than a quality controller.
     
  5. prunejuice

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    I see no mention SSD...only SATA.
     
  6. crjdriver

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    You are correct. I was working on another thread at the same time. Disregard my post above.

    That is what happens when you try and do too many things at once :)
     
  7. DaveBurnett

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    I also missed a small point that may have made my first comment incorrect.
    I missed that it was a VIA card and saw it as a cheap Chinese copy of a Promise card which cannot be changed. The proper Promise card can be changed, but the cheap ones cannot.
    My comment about booting may still be valid though. And good luck trying to de-cypher which VIA drivers you need.
     
  8. prunejuice

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    Agreed.

    If you're on a budget, you're better off with a Promise or Silicon Image card. VIA drivers are "tempermental" to say the least.
     
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