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  1. #1
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    Need some help

    I'm looking to buy a new internal hard drive. I'm not sure what type of connection I have for it, though, whether it's SATA or PATA. How do I find this out?

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    One way is to look at the connector on the drive. See Figure Two on this link.

    http://www.directron.com/patasata.html

    If you have a system more than a couple of years old, odds are you are PATA (or IDE). Does it have a wide ribbon cable connecting it to the motherboard?

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    Yeah, it's a wide-ribbon cable and the system was made in 2002. So it looks like PATA. Are there converters I could get and how much do they usually run?

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    You could get a PCI controller card.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816102061

    Why do you want to change from IDE?

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    As jimbo1763 already hinted,
    Considering costs,
    Purchasing a PCI SATA card just to run SATA drive(s) would not be cost effective.
    "I know nothing."
    Cheers.

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