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14-05-2007, 11:05 PM
Can anyone tell me if I can replace a 20GST320413A HDD with a Seagate 40 GB ATA HDD. My machine is a TPG, & the 20GB is on a Primary IDE Channei[Controller](3x) Do I just get a IDE to ATA- (or is it SATA?) converter lead?
Thanks, Ken
PS There is another 90 GB HDD IDE connected as secondary which I suppose could make a difference KM

14-05-2007, 11:24 PM
ATA simply means that it is "Advanced Technology Attachment", the same as IDE which is Integrated Drive Electronics.

The difference is in it being P-ATA (parallel, with a 40 or 80 conductor ribbon cable) or S-ATA (serial, with a small narrow data cable)

So you cannot convert ATA to IDE, they mean the same thing.

From the info supplied and the small drive sizes, they will likely both be PATA IDE now? Only drives & motherboards in the last year or so have been SATA option.

15-05-2007, 09:57 AM
OK I get the idea now. The drive I want to fit has only a 22 lead plug and the one in my machine has a 32 lead plug. Can I get a converter lead or is it not feasable?
Thanks K

Actually I think it is 40 pin on IDE on recount K

15-05-2007, 10:20 AM
There is no converter, either the motherboard supports S-ATA or it doesn't.
You might be able to get a PCI card with a S-ATA controller but I am not aware of any

15-05-2007, 04:58 PM
OK Thanks for all info.Guess I'll have to rethink K

15-05-2007, 06:00 PM
SATA controllers are available: I have one that supports 2 SATA and 2 PATA. I.E. Three connectors: 2 for SATA and 1 for PATA (IDE controllers support 2 drives - you need the correct cable and jumper settings for IDE/PATA drives)

Graham L
15-05-2007, 06:20 PM
The "22" pin connector sounds as unlikely as the "32" pin one corrected to 40. Is the possible replacement drive actually a laptop drive ... 2-1/2", rather than 3-1/2"? That would have a smaller connector , but with 44 pins.

You could get an adapter for that ... I think DSE have a kit with a mounting bracket as well, for a reasonable price.

15-05-2007, 07:09 PM
The "22" pin connector is likely to be the 7 pin data connector alongside the 15 pin power socket

16-05-2007, 08:54 PM
Yes it is a 15 pin + 7 pin HDD. It is also a 3.5 series Maxtor 40GB
DiamondMax8s SATA150 {all off front label} I was given it as the rest of machine died, and want to use it to store my photos. Would it be feasible, $ wise to obtain a controller & cable or should I just forget it??
Thanks All k