Originally Posted by Drahadis
I just want to know if IDE docking stations normally support PATA.
I don't have a problem with any hardware. I just need to transfer data from an old storage PATA HDD, but my current mobo doesn't have an IDE socket on it. I'm looking at HDD docking stations and its confusing because the Startech UNIDOCK2U is one of the few docking stations I can find that says PATA in the stats. The only other ones don't seem to be very good at all (from all the customer complaints).
Any time a drive docking station is advertised as IDE, that means it supports PATA because everybody uses the term "IDE" wrong that way.
I don't know how good that Startech docking station is, but it seems to have almost the same AC power adapter as my older Bytecc USB 3.0 enclosure, which was a piece of junk that was not UL safety approved and failed in less than 2 years. When I pried it open, I found it contained a lot fewer parts than the AC adapter used by Western Digital, and it had no protection against sending excessive voltage to the disk drive. I would have expected something better from that $45 Startech.
For less than half the price you could get a USB-PATA drive enclosure:
I believe all Rosewill enclosures include UL approved AC adapters.
The cheapest way I know of to use a PATA drive with a SATA-only motherboard is with one of these $5 adapters:
That one works with every kind of disk drive -- SATA, PATA, hard, optical -- but you have to be careful and use the correct SATA connector (one is for drives, the other for the controller, and they're not marked clearly) and not plug the PATA socket in the wrong way (plastic body is undersized).
Next cheapest is a PCI-E card that adds a PATA port: