View Full Version : Are There IDE/ATA PCI Cards for Older Macs?

10-01-2001, 07:05 PM
I need a new external HD for my 7600/132 PowerMac. Ideally I'd like to purchase a SCSI II drive but nobody seems to be selling plain old SCSI II drives anymore. It seems like such a waste to buy relatively expensive Ultra-SCSI drives when I really do not need that kind of speed.

IDE/ATA (same thing, right?) drives are real cheap these days but my Mac doesn't support IDE. I've seen cards that add IDE but they were meant for PC's. Are there such cards for Macs?

What should I do?

10-01-2001, 08:45 PM
See this link http://www.microlandusa.com/microland/ This company sells SCSI-IDE and PCI adapters. The adapters are made by Acard. Give them a call if you have questions. They can help you decide which adapter will work best for your needs.

P.S Read this as a reference http://www.xlr8yourmac.com/IDE/IDE_to_SCSI/ide_to_scsi_adapter.html You can get the adapter and put the drive in an external case. Just a thought...
Good luck.

[This message has been edited by angela (edited 01 October 2001).]

10-02-2001, 01:01 AM
MacGurus sells just about anything you'd want for ATA in your 7600. See page ;http://www.macgurus.com/shoppingcart/showrampage.cgi?idepagesofheck.html

A word to the wise though, It is VERY difficult to use ATA/IDE drives externally. You will be much better off with SCSI, even if you downrate current Ultra160 drives.

If you can install internally though, ATA can be a reasonable alternative. I would think the extra costs in buying card/cable/drive makes going ATA less attractive unless you need to add significant mass storage (in the 100's of gigs) and multiple drives.

SCSI externals are actually quite cost effective today, especially as you already have a working bus.