Is this a parallel ATA socket and will this work?

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Found 9th Feb 2010
Hi,
I'm trying to upgrade my machine at the moment by adding another hard rive. My motherboard has only two SATA ports and I'm looking for advice about connecting a second drive by PATA. My motherboard is this: asus.com/pro…ijb
Is the blue thing at the bottom a PATA socket?
I'm thinking of adding a 1.5tb Samsung F2 for storing video and photos so as not to clog up my new F3 with my OS on it. Anyone had any experience of connecting a SATA drive with something like this?
ebuyer.com/pro…071
or this?
ebuyer.com/pro…418
Have a rough idea of what's going on but need advice and opinions.
Thanks!

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If you have a SATA DVDRW then the best thing to do would be to fit a PATA DVDrw and use both SATAs for the HDDs.

Original Poster

Yeah my DVDRW is on the second SATA port. So connect the second HD by SATA and use the adapter above to connect the DVD?

alex1234;7795687

Yeah my DVDRW is on the second SATA port. So connect the second HD by … Yeah my DVDRW is on the second SATA port. So connect the second HD by SATA and use the adapter above to connect the DVD?



I would just buy a cheap PATA DVDrw and fit it normally and avoid the adaptors.

Original Poster

Only put a brand new SATA DVD drive in yesterday after Samsung replaced it, could always sell it is suppose... What are the down sides of the adapter? Also are these adapters even what I would want. I'm quite bad at this sort of thing. Tend to think I know exactly what I'm doing, until it all stops working...

Why not get a PCI SATA card and that would add the extra SATA ports you need, something like this

ebuyer.com/pro…670

Pity about the new drive but this should work with your DVDrw provided you have enough room to plug it into your MOBO

ebuyer.com/pro…418

barneydog;7795804

Why not get a PCI SATA card and that would add the extra SATA ports you … Why not get a PCI SATA card and that would add the extra SATA ports you need, something like thishttp://www.ebuyer.com/product/48670



I agree this is probably the best way to go if you have a spare PCI slot,

The first item you mention (ebuyer.com/pro…071) would NOT be suitable as that one does the opposite of what you want (IDE drive to SATA port).

The second item (ebuyer.com/pro…418) should work OK.

If you have a spare PCI slot you could get the ]Extra Value Serial ATA 2 Port PCI Card.

I'd say the PATA connection is the black one on left next to the PCI slots.

According to page 25 of the user manual the BLUE edge connector is a PATA port, (the black one near the PCI's is a floppy port)

So yeah, up to you what you do, but I'd say your options would be:

1) Change your DVD drive to a PATA one, then use the released SATA for a second harddrive (involves buying a 2nd SATA harddrive, a PATA DVD drive (or an adaptor), and selling your SATA drive)

or

2) Buy a PATA hardrive for your storage. (Involves buying a PATA harddrive - duh!)

or

3) Buy a SATA harddrive for your storage, (involves buying a SATA harddrive AND an adaptor)

or

4) Buy an external USB harddrive caddy and a harddrive. Means you can stick your photos and videos onto your large external drive, carry it with you if you want, and no need to mess around with the rest of your system.

or

5) If you have space, add a PCI / SATA card and use the extra ports it offers

As to what you ACTUALLY do, it's up to you

Original Poster

Thanks very much guys, think I'll go for the PCI SATA card, I had no idea they existed. Assumedly there is no difference in speed between the ports on the cards and the ones on the motherboard? Just whether I need to connect the HD's to the ports on the board? Nee to find a way of mounting the drive in the expansion bay too... Can't find any adapters that look suitable. Mesh seem intent on this PC never being upgraded given the layout of drive storage.

I'd connect the main hard drives directly to the motherboard, for optimum speed and performance.

The dvd drive will be fine on the PCI SATA card.

alex1234;7796082

Thanks very much guys, think I'll go for the PCI SATA card, I had no idea … Thanks very much guys, think I'll go for the PCI SATA card, I had no idea they existed. Assumedly there is no difference in speed between the ports on the cards and the ones on the motherboard? Just whether I need to connect the HD's to the ports on the board? Nee to find a way of mounting the drive in the expansion bay too... Can't find any adapters that look suitable. Mesh seem intent on this PC never being upgraded given the layout of drive storage.



PCI is limited to 133MB/s but with current hard drive tech that's probably going to affect you.

As for mounting adapters, what are you trying to adapt? If it's a 5.25" DVD-ROM bay to hold a 3.5" hard drive then you can either get ]single mounting rails to convert one bay or a ]bigger bracket to convert three horizontal 5.25" bays one above the other to four vertical HDD bays side by side.
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