John Summerfield debian at
Mon Feb 4 07:44:14 UTC 2008

Timothy Murphy wrote:
> Can I run a SATA disk with an ATA controller?
> One of my disks is about to die,
> and I've been looking for a large - say 500GB or larger - disk,
> and all the ones I see seem to be SATA.

Serial ATA connectors are entirely different from what you have now. You 
can't (easily) use a SATA drive unless your mobo has the interface built 
in. An add-on card is possible, but extra expense for (probably) no 
better performance.

I suggest you look a little harder for an old-fashioned ATA drives, 
they're fairly easy to buy around these parts. I can get a 750 Gbyte 
ATA-6 from where I usually shop.

> Alternatively, is it reasonably easy
> to find and install a SATA controller in place of an ATA one?



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