How to add SATA to IDE

SATA drives can be added to IDE-based systems by installing a SATA to IDE adapter or by installing a SATA controller card in an available PCI slot on the motherboard. The new SATA drive can then be used for additional data storage or as a primary boot drive if desired. A power adapter cable will also be required to power the SATA drive unless the power supply on the system has the necessary SATA power connectors available or the SATA drive requires the standard Molex connectors used by IDE drives, like some early SATA drives did. Things You’ll Need
Computer with an IDE-based
SATA drive interface to IDE adapter or SATA PCI controller card
SATA hard drive SATA
cable SATA power cable or adapter

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Adding a SATA Drive
turn off the computer and unplug the power cord from the back of the machine.

Remove the computer cover and locate an available IDE cable connector if using an adapter, or an available PCI slot if using an adapter card.

Mount the hard drive in an available drive bay using the four screws or adapter rails or bracket that came with the computer case.

Install the IDE to SATA converter device on an available IDE cable and set the master/Slave/Cable Select jumper to the proper location according to what other drives should be attached to the same cable. Information about jumper settings can be found in the Resources section of this article. Alternatively, insert the SATA adapter into an available PCI slot and connect the data cable to the adapter.

Connect the IDE to SATA adapter or SATA data cable to the SATA hard drive.


Connect a power cable to the SATA drive using a SATA power adapter if necessary.

Reassemble the computer and boot the operating system and install the necessary drivers for the new PCI SATA controller card if it was installed. Follow the operating system prompts you to boot the drive by creating a partition and formatting it.

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