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Better than expected. 02/10/2011
This review is from: SYBA SD-ADA50016 SATA to IDE (IDE to SATA) Bi-Directional Adapter
Allows SATA drives to connect to a PATA controller, also allows PATA drives to connect to a SATA controller.
Simple to use- instructions are included.
Can accommodate various PATA settings such as Master / Slave / Cable Select.
Drive SMART Data can be accessed through this.
Compact internal solution to SATA / PATA connection issues.
Power and Activity LEDs- green and red. Easy to tell if device or drive is powered and active.
A simple way to turn an unused PATA controller on your motherboard into a spare, albeit slower, SATA connection.
Does require a connection to the power supply. (adapter included)
For connecting SATA drive to a PATA controller, has to connect directly to the motherboard- watch your clearance.
For connecting a PATA drive to a SATA controller, has to connect directly to the back of the drive- watch your clearance.
PATA drive settings require that the user makes sure that the drive and adapter are set properly (ie: Ma/Sl/CA), but this is the nature of PATA rather than an issue with the adapter. Works with Linux and Windows Vista and appears to be software agnostic with modern Operating Systems. A good solution as long as you have the clearance. Great for attaching an older hard drive for servicing. I have not tested it, but should work for Optical Drives too. Transfer speeds are mainly going to be limited by the interfaces involved, rather than the adapter.
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