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Old 4th September 2007, 12:31 PM   #1
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Default SATA to IDE adaption

Hi Guy's, I have a 2.5" SATA HD that I want to plug into a media player that has a 2.5" IDE port.
I know there are converters out there for 3.5" but can I hardwire one of these to make it work with 2.5"?
I was just going to solder in an adapter to the MB... anyone know if there's incompatibility with voltage or whatever?

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Old 4th September 2007, 01:44 PM   #2
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Maybe one of these adapters..........

http://cgi.ebay.com/IDE-ATA-to-Seria...QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/SATA-to-IDE-Conv...QQcmdZViewItem
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Old 4th September 2007, 02:23 PM   #3
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Hi, theAnonymous1
The 1st one sounds right but it shows an ATA/IDE HD conecting to a SATA motherboard in the pictures even though it says its the other way around... My SATA drive certainly has a different conector on it than the one shown.

I have the converter on the way (I found one that is bydirectional) and I already have an IDE down sizer but I'm not sure the voltages are compatible.... I suppose I should just try it out?

Again.... the SATA conector looks different though...
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Old 4th September 2007, 07:36 PM   #4
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Hi, theAnonymous1
The 1st one sounds right but it shows an ATA/IDE HD conecting to a SATA motherboard in the pictures even though it says its the other way around...


You know I was thinking the same thing.

Do the connectors on the drive not look like this? If they do, then the first adapter should work.

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Old 4th September 2007, 08:10 PM   #5
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Yep! You are correct my man, I asked the seller and he said it was an old picture and we were the first to notice the error!

Thanks for the links, looks like I'm sorted

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Hey Lee, let us know how it works out.

There are often much better deals to be had on SATA drives then on IDE these days.
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Old 4th September 2007, 10:28 PM   #7
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Just out of curiosity, what media player is this for? I have a lonely 30gb laptop IDE drive that needs a home.
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Just out of curiosity, what media player is this for? I have a lonely 30gb laptop IDE drive that needs a home.
Nothing special, it's a Cheap Chinese piece of kit that I'm playing around with, primarily it's going to be used for DivX movies in the car (long journeys with the kids!!!) but I'm also going to rig it into the stereo system and put my album collection on it.

I got it cheap off ebay, a lot like this one:

Cheap as chips.....

Throwing it all together in a bigger box that I have knocking around so I can improve the cooling, I believe that they are prone to overheating.... no surprise there then!
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Old 5th September 2007, 12:26 PM   #9
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Yeah that's pretty much the type I was looking at on ebay. There's quite a few different 'flavors' of those generic players.

Lets us know if the adapter works out and if the player is worth it's weight in Chinese plastic.
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Old 5th September 2007, 12:38 PM   #10
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In fact I got the adapter from the same seller as the link above for about 4 ($8) so if it works it's going to be a very cheap project.... I even managed to pick up a couple of LCD displays for next to nothing at our local market

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There are often much better deals to be had on SATA drives then on IDE these days.
They sure are Michael, and then you have a certain amount of future proofing as well!
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