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'[OT:] SATA to IDE converters'
2009\06\06@041144 by Shawn Tan

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Hi,

Does anyone know if there are any bridge/converters that are able to handle
*two* SATA drives on one motherboard IDE port. I've seen a bunch of these
devices but they seem to bridge *one* SATA drive onto one IDE port.

I'd like to have one that can take *two* SATA drives and convert them into an
IDE master and IDE slave.

--
with metta,
Shawn Tan.

2009\06\06@062352 by peter green

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> Does anyone know if there are any bridge/converters that are able to handle
> *two* SATA drives on one motherboard IDE port. I've seen a bunch of these
> devices but they seem to bridge *one* SATA drive onto one IDE port.
>  
Can't you just put two seperate bridges on the port and configure one as
master and one as slave?

2009\06\06@081943 by Shawn Tan

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On Saturday 06 June 2009 06:23:22 pm peter green wrote:
> > Does anyone know if there are any bridge/converters that are able to
> > handle *two* SATA drives on one motherboard IDE port. I've seen a bunch
> > of these devices but they seem to bridge *one* SATA drive onto one IDE
> > port.
>
> Can't you just put two seperate bridges on the port and configure one as
> master and one as slave?

There are two kinds of bridges, one that attaches onto the SATA harddisk, and
presents an IDE interface, while the other kind attaches onto the IDE
motherboard, and presents two SATA interfaces.

I'm hoping to get the latter. I got one, only to find out that although it had
two SATA ports, it could only be used for one SATA device.

It looks sort of like this
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.7533

I'm just wondering if anyone ever had any experience with these things to know
if they're all 1-to-1 bridges or are there any 2-to-1 bridges?

--
with metta,
Shawn Tan.

2009\06\06@083530 by peter green

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> It looks sort of like this
> http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.7533
>
> I'm just wondering if anyone ever had any experience with these things to know
> if they're all 1-to-1 bridges or are there any 2-to-1 bridges?
>  
Heh that very page you linked says

For 2 SATA devices to an IDE MB connector get 14666 or 18786 instead.

2009\06\06@091017 by Carl Denk

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I would look at http://www.startech.com/.  There are booting issues with
some of these adapters, in particular when dual booting. Their tech
support is in the Dayton, Ohio area, and they are very knowledgeable and
helpful. When I replaced my motherboard (with an Intel DP965LT) a year
ago, it had one IDE, and 6 SATA. I had 2 IDE hdd, and 2 IDE dvd. The
first adapter I got, didn't work, Startech suggested a different one,
and CDW swapped at no cost. Startech then made a custom driver, which
was E-mailed to me within minutes. Since I have replaced the 2 hdd with
SATA's. Call them first.

Shawn Tan wrote:
> Hi,
>
> Does anyone know if there are any bridge/converters that are able to handle
> *two* SATA drives on one motherboard IDE port. I've seen a bunch of these
> devices but they seem to bridge *one* SATA drive onto one IDE port.
>
> I'd like to have one that can take *two* SATA drives and convert them into an
> IDE master and IDE slave.
>
>  

2009\06\06@093125 by Shawn Tan

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On Saturday 06 June 2009 08:35:28 pm peter green wrote:
> > It looks sort of like this
> > http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.7533
> >
> > I'm just wondering if anyone ever had any experience with these things to
> > know if they're all 1-to-1 bridges or are there any 2-to-1 bridges?
>
> Heh that very page you linked says
>
> For 2 SATA devices to an IDE MB connector get 14666 or 18786 instead.

The thing is that the comments on the pages themselves seem rather mixed. So,
I was hoping that others might have had some personal experience/success with
some of these things.

--
with metta,
Shawn Tan.

2009\06\06@110509 by Herbert Graf

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On Sat, 2009-06-06 at 16:11 +0800, Shawn Tan wrote:
> Hi,
>
> Does anyone know if there are any bridge/converters that are able to handle
> *two* SATA drives on one motherboard IDE port. I've seen a bunch of these
> devices but they seem to bridge *one* SATA drive onto one IDE port.
>
> I'd like to have one that can take *two* SATA drives and convert them into an
> IDE master and IDE slave.

I've never seen that, most controller chips expect only a single IDE
device and it has to be strapped as master.

Have you considered adding a SATA board to the system? What about a
USB-SATA bridge for the second drive?

TTYL

2009\06\06@113622 by Shawn Tan

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On Saturday 06 June 2009 11:05:06 pm Herbert Graf wrote:
> On Sat, 2009-06-06 at 16:11 +0800, Shawn Tan wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > Does anyone know if there are any bridge/converters that are able to
> > handle *two* SATA drives on one motherboard IDE port. I've seen a bunch
> > of these devices but they seem to bridge *one* SATA drive onto one IDE
> > port.
> >
> > I'd like to have one that can take *two* SATA drives and convert them
> > into an IDE master and IDE slave.
>
> I've never seen that, most controller chips expect only a single IDE
> device and it has to be strapped as master.

If that's true, then I guess that the option is closed to me. I'll need to
consider some other option.

> Have you considered adding a SATA board to the system? What about a
> USB-SATA bridge for the second drive?

Unfortunately, the board is without a PCI slot and it only has a single IDE
port on the motherboard. A USB-SATA bridge would be a last resort.

--
with metta,
Shawn Tan.

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