Using a Sata drive in a IDE compatible machine

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I have a SATA  DVD drive that i got from my previous system, is it compatible with an IDE channel? as in can I get a connector to connect between IDE and SATA to match for compatibility? I want to be able to connect this drive on my computer and use it, please advice

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Using a Sata drive in a IDE compatible machine

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It is possible to connect your SATA DVD drive to your computer. However, you require a SATA to IDE adapter to make it compatible with your PC. You can find this adapter at any computer accessories shop and they are not expensive. The adapter looks like this. See the image belowconnect to back of drive-connect the other end to your cables

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Using a Sata drive in a IDE compatible machine

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I’m sorry but if your current computer supports IDE drives only, you won’t be able to use your SATA DVD drive unless you purchase a converter for the power cable and a SATA PCI or PCI Express adapter. IDE and SATA drives have different types of cables and connectors. To verify if your system supports SATA, open your CPU case then check your motherboard if it supports SATA.

Normally, most motherboards today support both SATA and IDE drives. In case your motherboard doesn’t support SATA, you can still use your SATA DVD drive by purchasing a SATA PCI or PCI Express adapter which you can install on one of your PCI or PCI Express slots. Just connect the SATA control cable to your SATA DVD drive and the other end to the SATA port on the SATA PCI or PCI Express adapter.

For the power cable, just purchase a SATA-HDD power adapter to be able to use your existing IDE power cables with SATA.

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