Thanx for your reply
[QUOTE=cvs;2681686]Based on the photo, that is a bidirectional adapter which could work either as a SATA --> PATA or as a PATA --> SATA adapter, so you could use it either one way or the other. Just make sure you’re using the correct SATA connector on the adapter (one is an input, the other is an output). They are typically advertised as being compatible with optical drives.
I don’t know about that … it might work or it just might be a step too far… I guess it would depend on which eSATA controller your mobo has, if it is fully compatible with ODD drives, and if it likes the adapter … on the other hand, the adapter will most likely not like/support hot plugging … you won’t know for sure until you buy one and give it a try … these are really meant for internal use …[/QUOTE]
Its just as important that if it works, it does with the eSATA as well so i can use the drives as external. If it only accepts Sata then it will have to be internel, and that would not be something i want.
You mentioned something about eSATA controller liking the adapter. Are there any specs or protocols i should read about esata? Cause i have tried using an sata2esata cable with internal HDD drives to act as external, and all my newer ones worked, but some early gen Maxtor SATA drives couldnt work, when connected with eSATA. I found it weird.
So is there any documentation on esata behavior and connectivity?
It depends I guess on the configuration of the external mount. If it has two separate eSATA ports connected directly to the internal drives without any electronics in between, it might work subject to the above, but generally the more hardware you have in between, the less likely it is that such things will work … if the enclosure has any interfacing electronics in it, then there’s little chance for that set-up to work.
The other problem might be that if your drives are PATA, these adapters will have to reside inside of the external enclosure, and it is perfectly possible, if not even likely, that you won’t have enough space to physically fit two of these in the enclosure.
If you really want to connect two external PATA ODD drives to a computer, then buy a proper USB enclosure designed for that, either a dual one if such thing even exists, or two separate ones. I doubt you’ll be able to find an eSATA enclosure (either single or dual) which takes IDE drives, although you never know… it is likely to cost a lot though …
If you’re running out of ODD drive bays on your machine, it would make sense to connect your PATA drives internally, via two such adapters, and instead try connecting your SATA drives externally via a suitable eSATA/USB3 solution which supports ODD… price-wise this would also be probably cheaper nowadays too …
I’m sorry my bad. I only need something that will act as housing. It doesnt need to provide any electronics. I will do that. I only need to use something as a stand. I couldnt find a better picture on the internet so i posted that one but its not accurate.
Ok so this ones better
Its a product that acts as a rack. It houses 4 HDDs. I need something similar but i need to house 2 ODDs instead. The back should be open like this one, so i can connect the ide2sata product for data, and use a molex to draw power.