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ned888
18-10-2005, 02:29 PM
I am considering upgrading my moboard. The boards I am looking at have Serial ATA. Can I still use my 120GB H/Drive? Will I need new Cables and converter plugs?
thanks for any info.

Speedy Gonzales
18-10-2005, 02:51 PM
Yup, SATA will work alongside ATA, if the mobo has IDE and SATA onboard.

If the 120gb u have now is IDE, u may have to do a repair install or reformat, if u use XP. With the new mobo.

You'll need new data cables for SATA, (which may come with the mobo) as they're not the same as IDE.

And also a power adaptor for SATA. (which may or may not come with the mobo as well).

bartsdadhomer
18-10-2005, 02:58 PM
If you're asking if you can hook your existing ATA drive to an SATA cable the answer is no.
But as Speedy says if you buy a board that has both ATA & SATA connectors then yes you can use them in tandem.

ned888
18-10-2005, 04:21 PM
So I would need a Serial ATA H/Drive to go with a new moboard that states that it has Sata?

Speedy Gonzales
18-10-2005, 04:26 PM
So I would need a Serial ATA H/Drive to go with a new moboard that states that it has Sata?

Yup, you'll have to buy a SATA hdd, if you want to use a SATA hdd.

If you dont have a SATA hdd already.

But you can still use the 120gb u have now, if its IDE, as either a master or slave on the ide connections.

bartsdadhomer
18-10-2005, 04:28 PM
Many boards have both though, so check the specs carefully first

ned888
18-10-2005, 04:44 PM
Thanks guys. I've now found a couple of boards that have both ATA & SATA so will go with those.

lukeles007
18-10-2005, 09:22 PM
oh, yes

i have updated my mainbord to sata :)