Developed in the late 1970s, IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics) was for many years the standard way to connect hard drives (HDs) and other peripherials to a computer motherboard. The IDE interface has largely been replaced by the SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) drive connection, which allows for higher data transfer speeds. If you’re upgrading your motherboard and find that it only provides SATA connections to your existing IDE drives, don’t worry. You can even plug an IDE drive into a SATA port using a SATA-to-IDE converter. Things You’ll Need
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Turn off the computer . Unplug the power cord and disconnect all cables and devices from the computer.
Open the computer case. Most cases have a few screws on the back, which must be loosened to gain access to the internal hardware. Open the case and set the side panel or cover to the side.
Discharge residual static electricity in your body by touching a metallic object, such as a lamp or desk. Static electricity can damage sensitive computer components and must be discharged before touching any of the electronic parts inside the computer.
Locate the IDE drive you want to connect to the SATA port. If it is already installed in the system, it will have two cables connected to the back of the drive—a wide data cable and a thinner power cable with four colored wires. Disconnect both cables by pulling them free from the IDE drive.
5 IDE connector on the back of the drive.
Connect the SATA-to-IDE adapter to the back of the IDE drive, inserting the adapter into the outlet where the wider data cable was previously connected.
6 SATA connectors on the motherboard (red sockets in the center)
Connect the SATA cable to the SATA adapter. These ends of the connectors are tabs and will only fit in one direction. Connect the other end of the SATA cable to the SATA port on the motherboard. Ports are generally labeled on most motherboards. See your computer’s owner’s manual for help locating the SATA port.
Secure the IDE drive in a bay if you are installing a new drive. Secure the drive to the bay with screws. Close the box and secure the box lid with the screws you removed earlier.
Connect the power cord and other peripheral devices. Boot up the system and start using your IDE drive via the SATA connection.
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