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post #1 of 8
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One way is to get one of those PCI-E SATA card? I read that to get one with SIL chipset to minimise problem with booting and burning disc.

Another way is to use one of those SATA to IDE converter and connect it to the unused PATA port.

I'd hate to have issues involving booting through the DVD drive or burning disc. Which of these is less problematic?

To me it seems that the later is the cleaner approach. It's also cheaper and frees up a PCI-E slot. I assume the impact on speed is minimal?
post #2 of 8
The problem would be that there's no guarantee of compatibility of SATA to PATA conversion or the opposite. I tried it a few times with some cheap converters and they didn't work. The safest bet is to get a SATA card if you ran out of ports. 1x expansion cards should be fine for SATA DVD drive as most motherboards have 1x PCIE slots for expansion.
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See my response over on Overclockers.
   
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post #4 of 8
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Thanks guys. smile.gif

I suppose I am too optimistic about these converters, so the options aren't as many as i thought.
post #5 of 8
Put it into a USB enclosure. All modern BIOS can boot a disc in a USB drive. USB2 is enough.
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post #6 of 8
I used a vantec brand converter for optical. it didn't work. It wouldn't recognize discs or anything. It worked well on a hard drive as a makeshift solution until i bought a new motherboard though!
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post #7 of 8
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Thanks. smile.gif

That might just be the answer. May be I could get one of those SATA to USB cable, and still mount the drive in the chassis.
post #8 of 8
That would work as well. There are mobo header to standard USB plugs available
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