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    eSATA/IDE PCI combo card required

    Allreeght, first post so apols if I'm posting in the wrong place.
    I'm after a PCI combo card that a) has an internal IDE port to hook up an additional 250GB PATA HDD, and b) has an external eSATA port (for connecting an eSATA storage appliance at a later date). I don't need any additional internal SATA/external USB ports.
    As far as I'm aware my motherboard supports the latest PCI connectivity standards (2.2??).
    Can anyone recommend a card that is both a) cheap b) can be sourced via a UK supplier?
    Thanks,

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    Re: eSATA/IDE PCI combo card required

    Ooh tough one.

    I've never seen a dual IDE/SATA controller.

    How about a little adapter for your PATA drive to make it SATA instead?

    Lycom ST-101L Mini Vertical Converter Board - IDE Device to SATA (ALL EIDE Types Inc HDD,DVD,CD)

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    Re: eSATA/IDE PCI combo card required

    Funkstar,
    Cheers for the suggestion - it's certainly the lowest cost option although I'd be willing to pay a bit more for the extra eSATA support. Actually since posting I've come across a card that will do the trick nicely. Unfortunately due to being a newbie around here I'm not yet allowed to post direct URLs but the card has;

    2 SATA ports (1 internal 1 external)
    1 external eSATA port
    4 external USB ports (which I'll never use)
    1 internal IDE port

    Retails for $25 but the supplier is based in the US so I'm wary of ordering via them.

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    Re: eSATA/IDE PCI combo card required

    Quote Originally Posted by mclovin View Post
    Unfortunately due to being a newbie around here I'm not yet allowed to post direct URLs but the card has;

    2 SATA ports (1 internal 1 external)
    1 external eSATA port
    4 external USB ports (which I'll never use)
    1 internal IDE port

    Retails for $25 but the supplier is based in the US so I'm wary of ordering via them.
    Interesting card, but terribly vague information. Being new doesnt mean you cant post where you found it, and what its called or who makes it

    If its one of the well known US suppliers, it might be fine, failing that, have you tried ebay? Still a risk, I know, but if its paid by paypal there might be protection.

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    Re: eSATA/IDE PCI combo card required

    I would have thought a SATA card with at least one external port, plus the adapter would be a better value option.

    Also means you can use the adapter in another system at a later date etc.

    As for ordering stuff from overseas: I do it all the time, especially for lower value items like that. That will probably get into the country under the radar for tax as well.

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    Re: eSATA/IDE PCI combo card required

    Best I can find in the UK is:

    http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/...312879&CatId=0

    plus

    http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/...313009&CatId=0

    Requires PCI-Express 1x slot though :S
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    Re: eSATA/IDE PCI combo card required

    Quote Originally Posted by BobF64 View Post
    Interesting card, but terribly vague information. Being new doesnt mean you cant post where you found it, and what its called or who makes it

    If its one of the well known US suppliers, it might be fine, failing that, have you tried ebay? Still a risk, I know, but if its paid by paypal there might be protection.
    Bob, apols for posting vague information - my bad. Google for "pci combo card ide esata", result should be first returned (usbware.com).

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    Re: eSATA/IDE PCI combo card required

    Shai, I tip my hat to you. Just the job, UK supplier, and cheap. Perfect. If I had 2 spare drive bays I probably would have opted for the "2 port IDE card" on the Misco site but I don't. :-) Cheers for taking the time to research. It probably would have taken me the next hour or so to find it!!

    Thanks all for helping.

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    Re: eSATA/IDE PCI combo card required

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/VT6421A-PORT...4665507&sr=1-1

    £8.44 delivered, it's got 2 SATA 150, one of which can be used either internally or externally as eSATA, and a PATA/IDE133 socket, so you can attach 2 IDE/PATA drives and 2 SATA drives in total from a PCI (not PCI-express) card, so this is ideal for older computers

    there are a bunch of similar cards on amazon for around the same price. some will list as 3 port SATA, but only 2 of the 3 ports work, you have one internal and one that can be set internally or externally

    i don't have one, but i'm planning on getting one soon

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    Re: eSATA/IDE PCI combo card required

    Well I stand corrected. I didn't think these cards would be so cheap!

    Good find chaps

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