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Thiis one works
Pros: 1. Passes all SMART data to smartmontools: ID, Data and error/self-test logs
Cons: 1. Drops to UDMA 2, 32.6/30.4 MB/s burst/average transfer rates on Tyan MPX S2466N-4M server motherboard
Other Thoughts: Passes critical tests -- passes SMART data to smartmontools; works with mixed drives on single IDE ribbon cable; UDMA5 transfer speeds; supplied cables are M/F passthrough. Like all other CCBAs in this category, device characteristics cause Tyan MPX S2466N-4M server motherboard to only recognize it as UDMA 2 (33 MB/s), so fails strict PATA HDD compatibility test. Bare IDE header pins need a keyed shroud.
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Works in TiVo Too
Pros: I've been using these in TiVo Series 2 DVRs to convert them from PATA to newer, larger SATA drives. They seem to work well.
Cons: No problems.
Other Thoughts: One of them seemed a bit loose when plugged into a SATA drive but it may have been the drive itself contributing. No problems resulted despite my initial concern.
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Not for Blu ray use
Pros: This Startech was immediately recognized in BIOS and in Vista Ultimate.
Cons: When I loaded a Blu ray movie, it simply did not play! I then tried it with a regular DVD and even that did not play!
Other Thoughts: I bought this Startech adapter to replace a Sabrent that frequently crashes. At least the Sabrent plays for a while before you have to restart the PC to keep watching the Blu ray movie.
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works out of the box
Pros: Ready to use. The jumper comes set to slave. It feels very well constructed, very solid.
Cons: This is more of a warning. When the adapter is connected to the SATA port of the HD, it kinds of shortens the lentgh og the IDE cable when connecting 2 HDs. Measure it firts, so you don't have to disassemble.
Other Thoughts: I set my SATA HD cluster size to 32K (for video editing) and runs like a champ even though it's connected to this adapter. I know I don't have one of the new motherboards with SATA ports. But I'm waiting!
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“1. Passes all SMART data to smartmontools: ID, Data and error/self-test logs— FUBARinSFO 4/4/2011
2. Works with mixed two HDDs ...”
“Ready to use. The jumper comes set to slave. It feels very well constructed, very solid.”— 6/2/2009