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Syba SY-BIR-IDESA IDE/SATA Converter Bi-Directional IDE to SATA (SY-BIR-IDESA-BP)

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3.7 out of 5 stars 341 customer reviews

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IDE/SATA
  • Jmicro JM20330 Chipset
  • Bi-Directional adapter
  • Plug and Play and Hot-Swapping capability
  • 150 MB/s transfer rate
  • Automatic SATA 3.0/1.5 Gbps speed negotiation
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Product Description

Style: IDE/SATA

SYBA SATA/IDE 2WAY Converter JM

Product Information

Style:IDE/SATA

Technical Details

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Brand Name Syba
Item model number SY-BIR-IDESA-BP
Operating System Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP/Vista
Item Weight 3.2 ounces
Product Dimensions 6.5 x 4.5 x 1.5 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 6.5 x 4.5 x 1.5 inches
Color Black

Additional Information

ASIN B000MYK6SU
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3.7 out of 5 stars 341 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #53,834 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
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Shipping Weight 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First Available August 21, 2008

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Customer Reviews

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Style Name: SATA to IDE
This product works exactly as it should! It is very easy to use and setup.

{I can only discuss using IDE hard drives and IDE CD/DVD drives in a SATA based computer. I have not tested it the other way around}

I did the research and in my opinion, this IDE to SATA adapter is the best built, plus it is well documented (compared to similar devices found on Amazon.com).

I have used it successfully on several Windows computers and with several IDE devices. However, your Motherboard (MoBo) may not have any free SATA ports available to use, or they may be configured in a way that precludes you from using this adapter ... see 'bios discussion' section below for more info on that.

My guess is that those other reviewers that could not get it to work either did not understand jumpering, OR they hooked it up to a SATA port that is turned OFF in the bios. (Both jumpering and bios are further discussed below).

The adapter has two jumper switches. For me, they came in a default position of "Master/Single" which is exactly as it should be. When you are using IDE devices in a SATA based computer, then FORGET the Master/Slave/Cable-select concept! There is no such concept with SATA. In SATA, each device IS on it's own SATA port, so there is no sharing. So there is no "slave" and there is no "cable select". Just MASTER. (see edification* notes below regarding this before you flame me).

It is easiest to just set ALL your IDE drives (that you want to use with this adapter in your SATA computer) to "Master" (some drives label it as "Master/Single" or "Master with no Slave present").
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HERE IS ALL YOU SHOULD NEED TO DO:

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Style Name: SATA to IDE Verified Purchase
I had some trouble getting this device to work at first.

In attempting to get an old IDE drive to work in a new computer with SATA only connections, I tried all three dip switch positions on the Syba converter to no avail -- the device simply would not be recognized in the BIOS.

It was not until I CHANGED THE JUMPER ON THE IDE DRIVE TO CABLE SELECT that it finally was recognized in the BIOS. For whatever reason this is not mentioned in the product instructions.

Since making this discovery the drive has been working fine ever since on my system running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
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Style Name: IDE/SATA Verified Purchase
So your old PATA (IDE) drives are starting to fail, as is happening to me. What to do? Replace with another IDE drive?

You can hardly find new IDE drives anymore. If you can, they're more expensive than a 1 TB SATA, don't have as much cache, don't have the raw speed from perpendicular recording, etc. PATA doesn't seem the way to go for future expansion. No, a new SATA drive is the way to go, but your old motherboard never heard of SATA. How to make them talk to each other...

The solution? This converter! As a bonus, unlike a SATA PCI expansion card, this needs no drivers and is bi-directional. So you can run your old IDE drives into the SATA ports on a newer motherboard whose single IDE channel is being used already by your DVD burners. Might be useful someday for transferring / cloning from an old drive to new.

As a bonus, if you run SpinRite to maintain your SATA drives ([...]), you know that SpinRite is somewhat SATA challenged. It can't see SMART info thru SATA and takes forever to run the drive using PIO. But if you plug your SATA drive into the IDE port using this converter, voilà, SpinRite sees the SMART data and runs faster!

I've noticed there are other bi-directional converters out there. This one is nice for its low profile. Some of the others stick out perpendicular to the IDE connector and I'm not sure they'd fit a typical case.

Only ten bucks. Keep it in your bag of tricks for working on others' computers.

I had no problems with mine. The instructions are a bit thin, but basically, plug it in to an IDE slot on your mobo (the slide switch will already be set from the factory for this), plug in the provided Y-power connector (red LED on) and plug the supplied SATA cable into your drive.
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Style Name: SATA to IDE
I used this to connect an IDE hard drive to a SATA only motherboard and it worked great. Had some issues at first, until I saw the two jumpers. The instructions indicate that you have to set the jumpers for master/slave/cs if you're using a SATA drive on an IDE board, but they don't mention the opposite. As soon as I set the jumpers on the adapter to match the drive, everything worked exactly as it was supposed to.
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Style Name: IDE/SATA Verified Purchase
I bought two of these to convert my IDE hard drive and IDE DVD burner over to SATA as I have a newer board type, and a lot of the new boards only put one IDE controller on them, and I have 6 SATA port on my system. So I thought why not use some of them and see if the my system might run a little better with everything on the same type of controller. I had a little problem at first after reading the instructions and thinking that they were DOA. Because my system did not see my IDE drives on the SATA port after install. After doing some research I discovered that I needed to move the jumper on my drive from Master and Slave to Cable select. Once that was done, it all fired up and worked like a champ. After I got it all running, I got to my Desktop and started checking things out. Making sure I could get to all my files, and checking response time. The system was a lot snappier, everything just clicked right along. These things are great and I like the response time I getting out of my IDE hard drive and DVD burner. These are a great buy at a very good price.
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