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Old 02-24-2009, 10:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can a computer that has SATA read old IDE drives? Meaning if a computer supports SATA, does it normally support IDe drives too?

I ask because I have an IDE drive and my friend is about to give me his computer that has a SATA drive but he is keeping the harddrive with everything else intact.
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It should, vast majority of mobos still have ide. Check the motherboard to see if it has an IDE slot. What is the make/model of the motherboard.
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If the motherboard has an IDE slot, then yes. Most do at this point, but once SATA becomes more prevelant you won't be seeing IDE controllers on motherboards.
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They should look like this

One end goes into the mobo, one end goes into the back of the drive.
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They should look like this

One end goes into the mobo, one end goes into the back of the drive.
Thats an IDE cable and I'm sure he can figure out how to plug it in lol.

OP: look for a connection that will accept the cable he posted a picture of. There is only 1 thing that shape so you can't confuse it with anything else. Or if you have the manual to the mobo, you can check there or if you have the model number of the board, you can check online. Either way, I have never personally seen a mobo without ide. It will probably phase out pretty soon though
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