has anyone tried IDE to SATA adapters for optical drives?
something like this
People use them, yes, and they work fine. What does not work so well with optical drives are the SATA controllers. In general, only Intel chipset-based SATA controllers are working well with ATAPI devices.
i wonder if onboard silicon image controller will work
They do, see the Samsung section.
What about the new native SATA optical drives from Panasonic etc. They're going to flood the market with them and here we are with chipsets supposedly don't handle ATAPI devices correctly.
Which begs the question, how have people tested the failure rate of SATA ATAPI devices when there is only like one device currently on the market native SATA?
Well, my Samsung SH-W163A SATA drive works fine with Promise PDC 20579 controller. Also does my Liteon CD-writer (The controller handles PATA and SATA drives).
well i tried this
and it kind of works
PC won't boot when the device is connected, but if i connect the device after post it works fine
i tried it with silicon image 3114 on board controller.
any idea if other adapter would work?
It kind of sounds like you might have some sort of a conflict or incompatibility. I have been using two of those abit adapters (with hard drives as boot drive) for a while without issues. If they are the older serillel 1 adapters (doubt it, they quit making those several years ago) they are only compatible with abit boards and not opticals if I am not mistaken. Ver 2 ones should be compatible with any board or drive.Out of curosity, if you are trying to run optical drives with the adapter, why not use your ide channels for the opticals and the adapters with your hard drives? I would think that hard drives would much beter be able to take advantage of running off a serial interface (not sharing bandwith with the pci bus). I wouldn't think that optical drives would be fast enough for it to matter.
i have 4 sata 2 hdds now.
i want the optical to be on sata for one reason, i want to totally get rid of ide cables.
It is cheaper and much more reliable to keep the IDE cable for ODD unless you install a "native" SATA drive. Most ODD are very picky if connected to separate IDE controllers - and these IDE/SATA "bridges" are nothing else than additional controllers.
it work quite well with my previous aus dvdrom without problem. ^^