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SATA to PATA adapter?

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by maiki, Sep 29, 2008.

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  1. maiki

    maiki Notebook Evangelist

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    Is there any kind of adapter available, that would allow one to use a SATA II drive in a notebook that only accepts PATA drives?

    Searching a little on the Internet, I see devices that are supposed to connect SATA to IDE (same as PATA, right?). However, they all look too large to fit into a notebook case!

    Is there anything that could be used for that purpose, that will fit inside the notebook?


    In case someone is curious why I'm asking: As I wrote in another thread, I just purchased the WD Scorpio Black 7200RPM 320GB drive, to use in my new Sony SZ780. Both the notebook and drive have the SATA II interface, so no problem.

    However, it occurred to me that it would be nice if I could put the drive that is in the Sony now, a Hitachi 7200RPM 200GB drive, when I swap in the new one, and put the 200GB drive in another notebook of mine, a few years old, the Fujitsu P7010D subnotebook. However, the Fujitsu has the PATA interface, not SATA. (It currently has the Hitachi 100GB 7200RPM PATA drive in it.)

    Probably impossible to do, to put a SATA drive in a PATA notebook. I just thought I'd check, in case someone here knows of a way to do it, a small adapter to buy, etc.

    (I realize of course, that if that were possible, that the SATA performance benefit would be lost, in attaching it to a PATA computer. Still it would be twice as large as the disk inside the Fujitsu now, and perhaps have some benefit performance-wise, if it were possible to do.)

    Anyhow--if someone knows of a way to do that, please reply!
     
  2. jisaac

    jisaac Notebook Deity

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    no- u can do it on a desktop, but there isn't enough space to fit any sort of adapter in a laptop. just get an ssd or the hm160hc. i think the one's youve found are the desktop 40-pin ones
     
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    gengerald Technofile Extraordinaire

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    jisaac Notebook Deity

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    yes pata = ata=ide=eide
     
  5. maiki

    maiki Notebook Evangelist

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    Nope, I won't spend hundreds buying an SSD for an old computer, that has now passed its three-year warranty, and could poop out any day! I've been spending too much anyhow on the new computer!

    I just thought that, after I take the 200GB drive out of the new computer to replace it with 320, that would be a nice way to use the 200GB drive, if I could figure out some way to put it in the old computer. But I guess it's not possible.
     
  6. Andy

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    IDE 44-pin to SATA adapters are mainly for SBCs rather than notebooks. The HDD slot won't accommodate, both the HDD and the adapter. And they are hard to come by as well.

    Best to go for an HM160HC as advised above. They are cheap, and fast.
     
  7. maiki

    maiki Notebook Evangelist

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    Ha Ha. Once again, no, I'm not interested in buying new hardware for the old computer, spending too much as it is on the new one!

    Besides that would be a downgrade, not an upgrade! Well, it would have more capacity, than the Hitachi 100GB 7200RPM PATA drive in there now. However, since the speed of the drive you mention is 5400RPM, it would be a downgrade in terms of speed.
     
  8. Andy

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    Actually the HM160HC is the fastest IDE drive available on the market in the 2.5" form factor. It will be alot faster than your current Hitachi 7K100. Checkout the review. It has similar R/W rates as compared to the 200GB Hitachi 7K200, but obviously lower access time due to the lower spindle speed. But that means that it will run slightly cooler and quieter than most 7200RPM drives out there.
     
  9. K-TRON

    K-TRON Hi, I'm Jimmy Diesel ^_^

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  10. maiki

    maiki Notebook Evangelist

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    I guess I don't know much about hard drives. How would a drive with slower rotational speed, and IDE interface, work a lot faster than a drive with a higher rotation speed? What other factors does it have, that overrides the slower rotation speed? Does it have a larger cache?
     
  11. maiki

    maiki Notebook Evangelist

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    Wow! I had no intention of buying another drive for my old Fujitsu 10.6" subnote, just wondering if there was some way I could finagle the 200-7200 drive I will remove from my Sony when I replace it with the 320, into the old Fujitsu.

    But you guys convinced me! Although I have veen spending way too much on tech lately, I just ordered one of those Samsung drives. The lowest price I found that actually has them in stock now (at least they had one) was through Amazon.com. Not really from Amazon, but one of their partners, Justtrade. $55 plus $5.12 shipping, no sales tax here in Cali, total $60.12.

    I figured, besides the faster speed and larger capacity, since you say it runs cooler, that would really be a bonus on that notebook. It gets way too HOT! If I use it in my lap, it really starts to burn me. Since the subnote is so small, I don't know if it has a fan. The fact that I had a lot of problems with the unit in the 3+ years that I had it, might have had something to do with the fact that it runs so hot. Until recently, it was covered by a three year warranty. That's now out, so if the motherboard croaks once more, it's bye-bye notebook. So perhaps not a good investment, to buy a new drive for it now. However, I'm wondering if the cooler temeperature will extend its life. I'm going to try undervolting it too, as I just saw that guide here, to help cool it down.
     
  12. K-TRON

    K-TRON Hi, I'm Jimmy Diesel ^_^

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    the hm160hc runs pretty cool, since it only has one platter. Because of this, their are less moving parts, and thus less heat :D

    The samsung drive is faster because it has a higher data density than any other drive for the interface. This means that their is more data packed into the same area. So when the head moves over any given area, more data will be able to be read than on a lower density drive, thus increasing performance.

    K-TRON
     
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