I bought a wrong harddrive.

By r3faat
Mar 30, 2007
  1. recently i bought seagate barracude 10(300mbits transfer rate). which is a Sata H/D.
    and my current H/D is seagate barracuda 7. which is IDE H/D.

    i realised that after i knew that i couldnt connect my current cable(IDE) to Seagate B.10.
    instead of returning this H/D (which im not sure if i could) is there a way to make it work on my current computer ?

    i been looking for a Sata To IDE converter and they are about as $20.
    but i am still not sure if those are the best choise.
    any suggestion ?
  2. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    Well the adapter should work, but it will cut down on your overall speed. Can you return the drive? Where did you get it from?
  3. r3faat

    r3faat TS Rookie Topic Starter

    im not sure if i could return it.
    i bought it online from
  4. N-Guy

    N-Guy TS Rookie Posts: 105

    Get a PCI SATA card, they're cheap & I think they can run the HDs are their full speed. Someone correct me if I'm wrong though. But if that's true you're better off with the SATA over IDE.
  5. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    In theroy the PCI bus should slow down the Hard Drive a bit considering that the Hard Drive has a transfer rate of 300 Mb/s whereas the bus is limited to 166 or 266 depending on the revision of PCI used.

    However, considering NO hard drive actually has the ability to use all 300Mb/s speed hell they are lucky if they get 150

    In short, you should be fine with an adapter card.
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