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Old January 14th, 2006, 05:35 AM   #1
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pci sata card or ide to sata adaptor

I'm stuck with a P4 3Ghz that fits onto 478 mobo which has 2 sata ports for my hard drives. I want to stick with sata drives for the neat cabling basically but all that is left are ide ports and I want to add a couple more drives. Is there an advantage in going with a sata to ide adaptor so that I make use of existing ide ports vs going for a pci card that has mutiple sata ports? Would one be faster than another and would there be any hardware conflicts?
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Old January 15th, 2006, 07:05 AM   #2
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Ive got 3 of tehse little units and i know what ur going on about..
BUT...

i dont use them.. ive had nothgin but problems with the controllers, and when overheated, the adapters themselves can start to fail...

I now use these adapters for my second machine and they control the cdburner only... apart from that, i jumped and got myself a PCI IDE card (my old Abit Mobo had 4 IDE inputs... total of 8 drives with n built raid.. but that died during a mvoe, so the PCI card was the enxt best thing.....

On the other hand, in ur situation, id go for a PCI SATA card (as opposed to these adapters... if ur gonna jump to HD, a raid card would help, but its really not needed for SD... these Sata cards dont cost more then 80bux... prolly bout the price of 2 of these adapters ur looking at.. and theyre far more relaible... check out Umart.. theyre in arncliffe just on hume why near the speed camera bend near the bowling alley

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Old January 15th, 2006, 07:09 AM   #3
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oh by the way, i had a promise raid controller before i got this "el cheapo" Skymaster unit..The Promise literally nuked 2 drives on its way out.. windows (even with the right drivers etc etc) wouldnt recognise IDE1 on that card.. so for that, it was nothin but problems..

With this skymaster, i just uninstalled everything Promise Related, and installed the Skymaster ones, and i havent had a problem yet...
Im also running 7HDD on this machine.. 3 drives of which are removable rackmounts and m yet to have a problem with swapping these drives all set to vable select... knock on wood problems dont arise... lol ...
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