HDE IDE to SATA or SATA to IDE Adapter
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- IDE to SATA / SATA to IDE drive interface adapter - use with motherboards or drives
- 1 x 40 pin port (IDE/PATA)
- 1 x SATA port; 1 x 4 pin power connector
- Supports ATA 100/133
- HDE® is a registered trademark and is the only authorized seller of HDE branded products
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2. Make sure you have at least two inches of free space between the back of the hard drive and any other object (typically the power supply)
3. This adapter is reversible, and does SATA to IDE, or IDE to SATA.
4. There are two plugs for the SATA cable. One is for IDE to SATA, the other is for SATA to IDE. Each one is clearly marked on both sides of the board.
5. The power plug that plugs into the board ONLY powers the adapter, NOT the drive. You'll still need a power plug going directly to the drive.
If you're plugging a SATA drive into a computer that only supports IDE (or vice-versa), don't expect SATA performance. I really wouldn't treat this as a permanent solution either. It's great for transferring data from old drives, but I wouldn't install my operating system on it, as it does decrease the performance of the drive significantly.
Also, the power adapter that comes with it is just for the device itself, not for your hard drive as I thought. Had to order a power adapter before I could test this device out because I was installing a SATA drive in a computer that didn't provide SATA power.
Finally, as others have mentioned, it is very flimsy, especially the power adapter, but I'm rating it 3 stars overall because in the end, it worked. If it had a manual, installation would be easy and I would rate it much higher. It works without any drivers or software, and that's a good thing. Even after installing it correctly though, I had to fiddle with it before it would work. I've been using it long enough to see that it's reliable once it works. If you can't get it to work, don't expect any help from the supplier.
I read many reviewers saying how flimsy this is; I was ready for a let down. I found it to be surprisingly solid. I would not want to pull it off and on the drive over and over but with a little care while handling (AKA common sense)I had no troubles with workmanship.
I think for me it was easy enough to hook up.
I'm pretty sure another commenter said to boot this unit ONCE WITHOUT a powered drive. There may be some validity to doing that. I found it unnecessary (the same result (flushing the boot order) can be achieved by using BIOS reset or load bios defaults). I made sure that my IDE drive was set as/to master (this is important because this adapter simply wont see anything if the drive has not been set this way). I found that the controller markings are easy to read and understand where which are the correct merging connections. So snapping them together was easy also.
On to the moment of truth: POWER ON The BIOS' first scan for hard drives was successful. This scan is always made before the "Windows Boot Manager". I was relieved that Windows was ready to install onto this IDE drive and I could put off buying another SATA hard drive for a month or two (or longer though I'll prefer sooner since IDE IS slower than what my motherboard is capable of).
I expected the speeds to be the same as the Drive's capability and it is. The drive even seems quieter and,(albeit only slightly) faster when running through this Controller.
Bottom line: This device will boot your IDE hard drive from a sata header with very little know how [It could be true that having a new (2011) BIOS helps though I cant say whether this is vital or not. My guess would be NOT].
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did not work at all, I am frequent buyer in amazon I never thought I would come a product like this, I work in the certificate computing hardware and software had never seen a... Read morePublished 29 minutes ago by DELVIS GOMEZ
Literally saved an old but still serviceable motherboard from the scrap heap. Neat idea, easy to use, works great.Published 12 days ago by Andacar
Seller contacted me and offered to replace without me asking. We'll see if the new one works. Will repost results.