Is there some way to hook up an IDE hard drive on a system that uses SATA, or are they completely incompatible?
What I was thinking was using an HDD from my old computer and putting it in my new one and using the old drive as the OS drive.
Hmm there might exist some adapters though I've never heard of those... anyway you should be able to find some PCI IDE controller card, that certainly would be much easier to get.
There are quite a few adapters. you just need to look around to find some
kow_ciller;4769721There are quite a few adapters. you just need to look around to find some
It doesn't have IDE at all? Remember one IDE port can take two drives, if that's any use.
It doesn't have IDE at all? Remember you can use 2 drives on one IDE port, if that's any use.
I had the same problem a while ago. I decided to buy a SATA drive instead of an adapter. From what I heard those adapters aren't exactly high quality and can cause trouble. Besides, my IDE drive was already 4 years old so chances were the drive would break soon anyway and I'd be left with an useless adapter and a broken IDE HDD.
Got a SATAII 400GB HDD now for 40 Euro.
Like FancyPants, just buy a Sata drive and use Norton Ghost to image your drive and move it to your new Sata. You can use Herins 9.5, it includes Norton Ghost and is a completely legal download, Just burn to CD, And perform a Disk to Disk image (HDD to External HDD) Then perform a Disk to Disk recover (External HDD to new Sata HDD) For a 200GB IDE, If its even that large, at full usage it should take no longer then an hour or so to image, then another hour to restore. Total downtime: 3hrs tops.