Can anyone recommend an inexpensive method of installing a SATA drive as a storage only drive on my old ATA\IDE computer?
My very old ATA/IDE desktop computer needs more storage space. I’d prefer to spend my money on a SATA HD because it will be more useful when I get a new computer.
I’d like to buy the Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB WD5000AAKS.
However, I’ve seen conflicting info as to whether I can use a SATA drive the way I need to use it.
I currently have one (partitioned) 80 gig ATA HD connected to a “PCI ata 133 controller card”. It is capable of running four HDs. (Two primary and two secondary.) I also have the original, slower mother board HD connections available.
I absolutely need to leave the current ATA 80 gig HD exactly as it is now; with the OS, programs etc installed on it and then use the WD SATA HD only for data storage. – Mainly music, plus a little video.
There are a lot of inexpensive “SATA to PATA\IDE Hard Drive Interface Adapters” that allow SATA drives to be used on older ATA\IDE machines. – However, I’ve read that many (maybe all) need to be installed as the primary HD and therefore may not ( ? ) work as a storage only drive.
I’m not really certain of the intricacies involved in this part of this undertaking and I don’t want to order the new HD unless I know everything will work as I intend.
Again, Can anyone recommend an inexpensive method to accomplish installing the SATA drive as a storage only drive on my old ATA\IDE computer?