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Old 08-24-2007, 02:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i had some problems with my system as you can find out from my previous post


i can't use my sata hard disk to boot xp as i would like to recover my files.

i have a ide 320GB hard drive which i haven't used before, i would like to connect this hard disk to my motherboard but i don't have the necessary jumper cables, but i do have the sata cables from my sata disk, i was wondering if i could connect the ide disk to my sata cables through this adapter LinITX.com - IDE Drive - SATA Drive Converter

do you think it is possible to do this?

the ide disk is not formatted, what about installing the xp o/s would i need to configure bios


is it too much? should i just retrieve my files from the sata drive and then use it as my hard disk?

sorry too many questions hope i didn't confuse you

many thanks in advance:laughing:
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it is confusing using a IDE-SATA convertor will work definitely.

you dont need to configure BIOS, to install or format IDE, just start windows installation and it will format the H/D during the Installation process.

try, restoring the SATA drive first, as do not do the clean install, just use recovery option, it will copy the missing files over windows and you will not lose data as well.

next time, when building up computers, do make partitions, so that you can save your data in partitions, other than the one with O/S on. so, in case of total O/S failure, and even clean install. you wont lose data.
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Default Re: ide drive/ sata drive converter

Right now, what I'm wondering is, does your motherboard support IDE?
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Right now, what I'm wondering is, does your motherboard support IDE?
There are mobos that don't support IDE?
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Maybe, maybe not. Well, he's trying to get his IDE to work right? If his motherboard has IDE, then why is he getting the IDE - SATA converter? Can't he just connect the IDE directly?
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Maybe, maybe not. Well, he's trying to get his IDE to work right? If his motherboard has IDE, then why is he getting the IDE - SATA converter? Can't he just connect the IDE directly?
For fun? Out of slots?
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thanks for the responses :happy:

i do have one ide slot but i would like to experiment with the adaptor, i've been readind about differences in speed from IDE to SATA, so i would like to experiment a bit


you're right i should have partitioned my drive, this time i'll have two hard disks, one for the OS and program files and the other for all my documents


thanks for the replies again:happy:
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Partitioning is the best way to go and backing up your files. I didn't do that awhile back, and when my computer crashed while playing around with my FSB, I lost a lot of stuff. Now I created another partition so I just drag it into my Drive D.
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