View Full Version : SATA to EIDE adapter cable

10-12-2008, 03:34 PM
I have an extra 160 gig HD now and would like to put it in my daughter's e-machine for a storage disc, but the drive is EIDE, and the BUS is SATA.
Does anyone know of a cable or adapter that will allow an EIDE hard drive to be installed on an SATA cable or motherboard?

10-12-2008, 05:45 PM
It takes a bridge board to convert from IDE to SATA, or from SATA to IDE.

I am not sure that there is clearance in an eMac for the bridge, you probably should open it up and see. Here's a picture of what they look like.


10-12-2008, 06:36 PM
One other option for an emachine (....not an emac, right?) is a USB adapter (http://eshop.macsales.com/item-specials/Newer%20Technology/U2NV2SPATA/). Cheap, and work pretty dang well for all sorts of drives: ATA, SATA, and even laptop ATA drive. The limiting factor is that to get decent performance you need a machine with USB 2. Any newer Mac or PC should work fine. A very handy device to have around for emergencies and such.

USB is bootable on all the Intem Macs too. USB is not the preferred choice for good throughput, so I would not recommend it for regular use on an external drive.....but works fine for moving data around, emergency backups, etc. Can't beat the price for such a handy tool.

For a permanent install, you should be able to pick up a PC IDE card for dirt cheap (http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2000150410%201193212548%204093%204803&name=Discount%20Item) if you have a PCI slot.

10-12-2008, 08:42 PM
Thanks guys, I think this (http://sewelldirect.com/SATA-to-IDE-Converter.asp?&adpath=/Google/Other%20Products/Serial%20ATA%20to%20IDE%20Converter%20(Part%20No:% 20%20SW-1615%20)&keywords=sata%20adapter&match=2&search=search&gclid=CNyyj5fTopYCFRoSFQodfSKk7w) is what I need. It's pretty reasonable on price too.
It's the old WD160 out of my LaCie external. A little noisy in the D2 enclosure, but it should do OK in a PC tower.

I will begin my quest for a 160GB drive for the mini next.

10-13-2008, 08:29 AM
That should work, but check the drive bay first to be sure there is room for it.