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Pros: - Multiple expandability via PCI slot
- Easy to install
- Has its own BIOS to handle RAID setup and usage
- Simple instructions on how to get it working
- Works better than a KINGWIN ADP-06 SATA to IDE Bridge Board
Cons: - Has its own BIOS to handle RAID setup and usage. This adds a bit of extra time to the POST process when your machine boots up.
- A bit tricky to setup if not attaching to a HDD or not setting up a RAID array (instructions focused on RAID/HDD setup)
Other Thoughts: This is a great little board. I needed a way to attached a SATA DVD-Writer to an aging Pre-SATA motherboard. I tried to use a KINGWIN ADP-06 SATA to IDE Bridge with no luck, so I purchased this one local, since it was cheaper than the Egg price. It has worked flawlessly.
Setup is a bit tricky if not attaching an HDD, or not setting up a RAID. I had to findle around with various configurations of board + drive before the board would report to the BIOS and WIN XP:
(1) install bare board & boot the PC. Windows will not notice the board.
(2) shut down, attach the non-HDD drive (an ASUS Model DRW-24F1ST for me), and reboot.
(3) Install the drivers, per instructions, when Windows detects the now functional board
(4) reboot and notice the board BIOS that follows the Motherboard BIOS POST process.
(5) Everything works well
This review is from: KINGWIN ADP-06 SATA to IDE Bridge Board
Pros: - Good approach for attaching to a SATA drive (
- Adhesive sponge to retain to the SATA drive
- IDE <-> SATA bi-directional
- Jumper to select IDE->DATA or SATA->IDE operation
Cons: - Does not appear to work with ASUS DVD-Writer drive DRW-24F1ST. I tried two different adapters (1 from newegg, 1 from local shop) and both boards resulted in I/O errors after ~15-30 sec. (DVD drive works fine with normal SATA connection or with a PCI adapter card).
- I/O data errors with Windows XP, no matter which service pack is installed (SP1a/SP2/SP3). This occured with multiplr HDDs and CD/DVD drives.
- No jumper for master/slave selection when attaching to IDE cable. Not a problem if a single drive, could cause problems if multiple drives on a single IDE cable
- Cheaply built
- Arrived broken from Newegg
Other Thoughts: I simply could not get this adapter board to work. I even purchased an adapter from a local shop to make sure, and the results above (the CON's) occurred with both adapters. This adapter simply does not want to keep up with WinXP + ASUS DRW-24F1ST DVD Drive.
I eventually had to use a PCI adapter (Syba SD-VIA-1A2S) to meet my needs.
Finally, I have to knock a egg due to Newegg itself. The original board arrived with bent IDE pins, a crack on the SATA power connecter and it appears that the adhesive had been previously used. It is almost like someone else tried to use this, returned it to Newegg broken and then Newegg simply re-shipped without checking the condition...
I purchased a second board due to this, but both boards exhibits the I/O errors described above. I wish I could recommend the board - it is a clever design - but I cannot.