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    SATA > IDE converter

    Hi,
    does anyone if you can get a SATA > IDE adaptor so that I can use my 160Gb Seagate SATA drive in an IDE external drive enclosure ?
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    Well, I haven't seen any.

    One thing concerns me. Most SATA drives are IDE drives with a chip that acts as a bridge, so if you slap a SATA>IDE converter on there you're going IDE>SATA>IDE, hehe.
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    Not entirely sure what you mean.

    Why do you want a SATA to IDE adapter when the drive is a SATA drive?

    You mean you want to sit it in a 5 inch (optical drive) bay instead of a IDE bay?

    In that case yes you can buy a mounting device to place an IDE (three and a half whatever inch) device into a 5 inch bay.
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    No, he wants to put his SATA drive in an external drive enclosure. They tend to have a Firewire/USB interface, and on the inside an IDE connection, hence he needs a converter.

    Thinking about it, if a converter did exist, would you be able to fit it all in?

    My motherboard has a bracket for running SATA drives externally, maybe there is a solution that can make use of that?
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    Unfortunately the reason I want to do this is because I am getting a laptop and want to just use my current desktop hard drives in external enclosures. As I am sure you can guess, the laptop does not have SATA
    Desktop: AMD Athlon XP 2500+ Barton, 1024Mb PC-3200 TwinMOS w/Winbond, MSI K7N2 Delta-ILSR, Radeon 9800SE AIW, 40 GB 7,200 Rpm Hitachi Deskstar, 120GB 7,200 Rpm 8mb Cache Maxtor Diamond 9, 160GB 7200 Rpm 8mb Cache Seagate 7200.7 SATA, Plextor 708A 8x DVD-RW, 550W PFC Q-tec PSU, Casetek 1019SM Silver Case, Camdridge Soundworks DTT2200 Speakers

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