Bought SATA... Needed PATA

Bought a decent DVD burner for my old setup (100% PATA)… problem is, after looking at the online receipt (still in shipping) I realized its a SATA drive. How big a problem is this? I see the PATA/SATA converters all over the place but most of them only refer to HDDs in their capabilities (Not Removables such as burners) There’s gotta be a product out there for my situation…

Hi and Welcome!

I would contact the vendor as soon as possible (give them a call). Best option would be to send the drive back unopened and get a P-ATA equivalent.

I personally would stay clear from those converters, using them is often gambling (especially if optical drive support is not mentioned).
A good option would be a Sata controller card, peferably with Silicon Image chipset and non-Raid configuration (SataLink).

Michael

I think I’ll try the SATA controller card… Don’t really want to return it since I’m buying an updated box in a few months. Already having the burner will save a few bucks…

Thanks a ton!

Hi,[QUOTE=brutus318;2270547]I think I’ll try the SATA controller card… [/quote]Okay. Make sure, it is the non-Raid version or it should be at least flashable. See here: http://club.cdfreaks.com/f7/silicon-image-based-sata-ide-controllers-flashable-not-252721/

Thanks a ton!
You’re Welcome!

Michael

I got the Syba card mentioned in post #4 at http://club.cdfreaks.com/f7/silicon-image-based-sata-ide-controllers-flashable-not-252721/ and flashed it to the IDE mode BIOS. It works great for using SATA hard drives on an IDE only system and should work well for optical drives too. However, the second link on “How to update BIOS” in the first post of that thread no longer works, and you may have some trouble finding info on how to flash.

[QUOTE=bevills1;2270654] However, the second link on “How to update BIOS” in the first post of that thread no longer works, and you may have some trouble finding info on how to flash.[/QUOTE]I added a working link to the aforementioned thread :slight_smile:

Additionally, there is a short description:
http://club.cdfreaks.com/f7/sata-ide-converter-235682/#post1972211

Michael

FYI, the JMicron SATA controller card with the JMB36X chipset and the latest drivers (R1.17.48), now works well with optical drives :cool:, but I still prefer the Silicon Image chipset.