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    Convert IDE to SATA

    If a system has all IDE ports, is there a work-around so you can support SATA drives even though the SATA ports aren't integrated into the board? Maybe if there was a low profile SATA expansion board for 1U's? I was thinking of a PCI HDD I/O board or something...
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    What are your opinions on a bridge board such as this?

    http://www.granitedigital.com/catalo...idgeboards.htm
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    Originally posted by MrManager
    What are your opinions on a bridge board such as this?

    http://www.granitedigital.com/catalo...idgeboards.htm
    That's interesting, like different SCSI pin addapters. Thanks man.

    In a 1U, PCI cards are always tricky business. Seems a little $$$ for the job though, 80 GB IDE/SATA's are coming close to 2X the cost of this little guy .
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    But if you have an SATA drive with an IDE converter attached to the end of it, do you still have disk access speed restricted to IDE speeds?
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    Originally posted by MrManager
    But if you have an SATA drive with an IDE converter attached to the end of it, do you still have disk access speed restricted to IDE speeds?
    I highly doubt you'd see the benefit of SATA with that setup, probably worse performance due to the need for convertising, etc. It just adds another point of failure and problems, etc.
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    I don't like the bridge board and the company said there is a speed bottlneck.

    But the PCI options does seem pretty attractive however...
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    Is there an IDE version for less than $30 that anyone can find? There is one on that website for $39. I wouldn't want to go too low priced and risk problems with poor quality, but I would like something a little more affordable since I will be doing some mass SATA upgrades pretty soon...
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    PCI cards can be had for a lot less money. I'd recommend going that route.
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    I cannot recommend those converter boards. They will slow your whole server down.

    You can pickup a PCI card with SATA RAID 0/1 for under $15.
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    Have a link somewhere? Cheapest I can find is 30 bucks...
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    The link above has them for $16 with free shipping.

    Thanks, CyanoX.
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