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Is SATA backwards compatible?

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  1. 0111000001100100

    0111000001100100 Peasant

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    Just wondering does it have both plugs on it so you could use it on a ATA-100 computer, realizing it would not run at the SATA-150 speed, but at the slower speed.
     
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    be a bit more descriptive.

    SATA-compatible motherboards have both SATA and PATA ports on them, so you can use either drive. an SATA card will only have SATA. SATA HDs work only with SATA, just like PATA only working with PATA. however, there are adaptors for PATA HDs to connect over SATA, but they're not the cheapest.
     
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    0111000001100100 Peasant

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    I'm talking about the physical drive. Could I plug an SATA drive ito my tower using a regular ATA ribbon cable, not the little SATA cable. I wanna buy a hdd to plug into my existing computer, but keep it so when I eventually get my G5 I could just plug it into that.
     
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    Jakeman MSC Founder and Donator

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    You just have to try to find a converter. I don't know if one exists. I know there are converters to go at least one way, but I don't know which way.
     
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    I've seen converters to go from PATA to SATA.
     
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    Jakeman MSC Founder and Donator

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    ?

    PATA (drive or controller?) to SATA (drive or controller?)
     
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    Autolycus Forum Moderator

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    the one i saw was an adapter that you stuck on the drive itself, a small circuit board with parallel on one end and serial on the other.
     
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    Jakeman MSC Founder and Donator

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    which side was the drive? which side was the controller?
     
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    the popular one is to convert IDE drives so they can be used by new SATA controllers, so you don't have huge cables. converters going the other way are kinda not popular. think about it, you're paying for the converter, then paying MORE for the SATA HD of the same capacity, just so you can lose the potential benefits of SATA by going back to IDE.

    your best bet would be to buy a SATA HD and an SATA controller card, they're not expensive.
     
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    Wtf, no. Why the hell would you do that?
     
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    he wants an SATA HD on a computer that doesn't have SATA. what's the easiest way to go about that?
     
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    PCI card.
     
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    that's what i suggested, dude.
     
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    thats too much $. i have enough for a deacent drive, but a pci card may put me over, i think i'll just get a reg ATA drive and when I get the G5 i'll make it an external.
     

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