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SATA to PATA/IDE Hard Drive Interface Adapter Works Well
on May 30, 2010
This is a duel review for two products that I bought with the idea that they would be used together and they did this well. The products are the Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5 Terabyte (1.5TB) SATA/300 7200RPM 32MB Hard Drive and the SATA to PATA/IDE Hard Drive Interface Adapter. I hope this will help somebody who has the same problem that I had. I have a Dell Precision WorkStation 350 computer that had a 40GB IDE hard drive. I wanted to upgrade to a larger drive and settled on the 1.5 TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.11, which is SATA II. My old computer does not have a SATA connection so I bought the PATA to SATA adapter with the idea that I would plug the adapter into the hard drive and attach it to my external IDE hard drive case (cage) then plug it into the USB port. I had to leave the Seagate drive outside the case and only attach the electrical connections since the adapter is too large to fit into the cage with the hard drive, as expected. I then used the windows Computer Manager (right click My Computer to open then click disk mangement under storage) to initialize the drive and format it. After this, the computer recognized the drive when I opened My Computer. I used the Seagate Disk Wizard to clone my old IDE hard drive onto the new SATA II drive. This worked great. I then checked the Seagate drive and all my data, including the operating system (XP Service Pack 3), was on the Seagate. So far so good. I then turned off the computer and swapped hard drives. That is I removed the old IDE drive completely and replaced it with the Seagate SATA II and adapter. I then reassembled my computer, crossed my fingers and turned it on. To my suprise and delight, the computer came on and the operating system started up and ran flawlessly with the Seagate SATA II drive running Windows XP Sevice pack 3 and the computer recognized the drive as having 1.5 TB. After several hours, I shut down the computer and tried to restart it and this is where things went bad. The BIOS started then I got the error message "\windows\system32\config\system file missing or corrupt". I could get no further than this error message no mater what I tried. I finally decided to start over, put the drives back into the original positions and reclone the old drive back onto the new drive. I swapped the drives after the procedure and again the computer worked perfectly with the cloned data on the Seagate that was now running in my old computer. Then I shut the computer off and tried to restart it and got the same error message "\windows\system32\config\system file missing or corrupt" again.
The fix. After many hours of research and trying to fix the problem it came down to one simple thing. The old computer of course had an old BIOS, which limited the hard drive capacity to 137GB so even though the old BIOS recognized the SATA II hard drive, it could not use it after a shut down. My old BIOS was version AO1 and after an up grade to version AO2, the computer recognized the new Seagate SATA II drive perfectly, even after many shut down/restart cycles.
Even though I had some problems with the installation (not the fault of either product), I give both products top ratings since they both work well together. The only draw backs are that the PATA to SATA adapter is somewhat bulky and the connection to the drive is not very tight although it is an adequate fit. I have had no problems with the Seagate Drive.