sata to pata adapters/bridges ?

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t bone

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hi
i want to get an adapter to use a sata hd on one of my older pata/ide computers
i've looked around a bit but thought i'd see if anyone has some experiences with them or recommendations before i get one....what to look for/what to avoid, good ones bad ones etc.
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Get a Sata controller for a spare PCI slot is better. That way you get the speed from the Sata.

Sata to IDE bridge does exist but you only force a Sata disk to run at the IDE speed (maximum 133MB/s). Sata I started life at 150MB/s, Sata II does 300MB/s and the current Sata III can do 600MB/s.

If you run an internal Sata hard disk using an IDE adaptor you might as well use it externally as a USB3 disk by buying a USB3 PCI adaptor.
 

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thanks for the tip, i'll check em out
any recommendations on a good one that won't break the bank?
 
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You will find those Sata III controller sold at Amazon among the cheapest you can find. What you need is to check out what kind of PCI slots you got in the PC. Luckily most just need the basic PCIe 1x although the newest is PCIe 16x.

Apart from the twin ports Sata III controller that everyone offers you can some boards that offer eSata connection, normally at the expense of not using one of the port or both. A better one is those that come with additional USB3 facilities which are downward cpmatible with USB2/1.
 
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