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Agent_24
20-12-2009, 07:01 PM
I just upgraded my motherboard but the new one only has 1 IDE port, and I use 3 IDE (optical) drives.

I am looking at buying one of these adapters, eg: http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Components/Hard-drives/Other/auction-261243705.htm

Can anyone comment on their effectiveness\quality etc?

Paul.Cov
20-12-2009, 08:56 PM
I'm a bit hesitant about this gear. The picture on the Trademe site shows an unusual drive labelled as IDE, but with SATA style connections, and with them alligned top to bottom (vertically), not side to side (horizontally) as in 'normal' PATA drives.

I can't tell from the image of the card whether there is an IDE connector or not.

There are other options, albeit more expensive, which can give you support for 2 IDE cables (4 IDE / PATA drives) AND in some cases 2 SATA drives as well, all from the one card.

Generally, Ascent is a really good place to start looking...

http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=115878
http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=371461

Metla
20-12-2009, 09:08 PM
I bought a similar one from Trademe, It had two jumpers,Two lights,and a switch....Nothing labelled,No instructions.

I plugged it in, It didn't work.

I spent half an hour on it, never even figured out if I had it switched on.

Binned it.

Agent_24
20-12-2009, 11:33 PM
I'm a bit hesitant about this gear. The picture on the Trademe site shows an unusual drive labelled as IDE, but with SATA style connections, and with them alligned top to bottom (vertically), not side to side (horizontally) as in 'normal' PATA drives.

I can't tell from the image of the card whether there is an IDE connector or not.

The picture shows the IDE drive with the adaptor plugged into it, and thus showing the SATA interface on the card rather than the IDE interface on the drive

The card certainly has an IDE interface, I have seen better photos of the same model


There are other options, albeit more expensive, which can give you support for 2 IDE cables (4 IDE / PATA drives) AND in some cases 2 SATA drives as well, all from the one card.

Generally, Ascent is a really good place to start looking...

http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=115878
http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=371461

I already have a couple of those kind of cards, the problem is I don't have any IDE cables long enough to reach to the drives I want to use, without getting in the way of everything else, that's why the adapters seemed like the best idea...

Agent_24
20-12-2009, 11:38 PM
I bought a similar one from Trademe, It had two jumpers,Two lights,and a switch....Nothing labelled,No instructions.

I plugged it in, It didn't work.

I spent half an hour on it, never even figured out if I had it switched on.

Binned it.

:lol: I think one of the jumpers would be for master\slave and the other might be for bus\external power. There should have been descriptions of the jumpers screened on the board at least

Agent_24
21-12-2009, 12:40 AM
This is what they look like, apparently

Coaster
21-12-2009, 12:47 AM
$9 looks cheap.

Ascent also sell a similar product
http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=355773

angry
21-12-2009, 03:25 AM
Get something from a decent place where you can go and touch it.

"metla" gives a good example of some of the issues with some of the scam junk on trademe at the moment.

Although that seller has a huge + feedback there has been a lot of trouble with him dropshipping and many of his auctions have been withdrawn by admin.

Seller feedback stopped painting a true picture on trademe years ago.

jcr1
21-12-2009, 06:38 AM
I had the same thing too. Only the one IDE port on my new motherboard, plus I had 3 HDD's, so I got one of these;

http://en.vipower.com/products01_01.php?ID=50

But I found it difficult, or almost impossible to get spare cartridges, so I bought 2 of these;

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Components/Cases-power-supplies/Cases/auction-261034674.htm

I didn't need the racks, as I didn't want usb, just put my HDD's into the cartridges, and then into the rack already installed and I was away:eek:
They are "hot swappable". Great for backups or running alternative OS's.

Also, I have a SATA drive permanently installed.

SolMiester
21-12-2009, 08:17 AM
They are using 40 pin ata also, which is so old!!!!, most newer IDE drives are 80pin!....
If it were me, I'd by a SATA optical and be done with it! $50

edit - or get a PCI IDE add in card!

pcuser42
21-12-2009, 08:25 AM
This is what they look like, apparently

I bought a very similar model to that, it works just fine.