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This review is from: SYBA SY-ADA40011 SATA to IDE Adapter, Convert PATA Devices to SATA Port, RoHS.
Pros: *Extremely Slim Design - low profile design allows for cramming the PATA drive and board into small spaces
*Extremely Narrow Design! - the board cuts off almost immediately on both sides of the IDE port, allowing for usage with both IDE HDDs and IDE ODDs!
*Well-Built! - Doesn't feel flimsy or like it will break any easier than any other comparable board
*Fast! - As fast as IDE goes. Supports all ATA speeds (up to 133MB/s) using Ultra ATA
Cons: *A buffer between the board and the metal case of your IDE HDD or ODD would have been nice, but solving this takes just 5 minutes with a pair of scissors and a piece of plastic.
*"Oh man.. now I have to open this case to install another HDD, again!" lol
Other Thoughts: You should probably cut out a piece of thin plastic about the size of the board, with a rectangular hole in it for the IDE port, to prevent any of the board's circuitry from touching the drive's metal case. This one wasn't my idea, but it's a good one, so I thought I'd include it here, too.
If you are planning to use this to temporarily access data on different hard disk drives, get an external USB adapter, instead. If you need a more permanent solution, this is your tool!
If you are looking for the best option to hook-up a PATA Optical Disk Drive inside your new SATA computer, this is it!
**Some reviewers have mentioned that the Molex to Floppy Drive Connector Cable is wrong. If it was, it seems that Syba has fixed that issue. THE CORRECT CONNECTOR (female FDD berg) IS NOW INCLUDED WITH THE BOARD!**
To clear any and all confusion about what you have to plug where:
1) Plug IDE port on bridge board to IDE port of HDD or ODD
2) Plug 4-pin Molex from power supply to PATA HDD or ODD
3) If you have a floppy drive cable running from your power supply, simply plug that into the bridge board. Otherwise, use a Molex cable from the PSU, plug it into the supplied adapter cable (Molex to FDD), and, then, into the board.
4) Plug the SATA cable into your motherboard and into the SATA port on the bridge board
All-in-all, you need to power the device and power the board. Then, the SATA cable carries all the data.
In summary, this Syba bridge board is the best option, offering everything you need, for installing an old PATA Optical Disk Drive or PATA Hard Disk Drive inside your new SATA computer! Look no further.