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Ultra SATA to IDE and IDE to SATA Adapter Review
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Written by Munk   
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Finding a distributor that still supplies IDE hard drives is becoming quite difficult. Most manufacturers have made PATA drives end of life. What about those that don’t have SATA support on their mother boards? Perhaps you are on the flip side of the coin where you have a ton of PATA drives but your new motherboards only open IDE port is being used for 2 disk drives. Ultra has the answer for you at a fairly reasonable price with the Ultra SATA to IDE and IDE to SATA Adapter. This little card has everything you need built into a sleek little package. Let’s get a closer look:

 

Provided by: Ultra

Price: $19.98

Closer Look:

 

Ultra SATA to IDE and IDE to SATA Adapter
This ULTRA Adapter is the perfect solution for adding 3.5" SATA drives to motherboards lacking available SATA connectivity - SATA data or power connectors - while keeping space within the computer. It's a pure hardware solution to converting an IDE connection to SATA as well as SATA to IDE, and requires no drivers or software and is Plug and play for easy installation.


Detailed Features

Features

  • Plugging directly into your Hard Drives to the CD-ROM's IDE port
  • Supports the Serial ATA transfer rate of 1.5Gb/s (150MB/s)
  • Compliant with Serial ATA 1.0 Specification
  • Plug and Play, no Drivers required
  • Support IDE drive size larger than 240GB
  • Compliant with any OS (Windows, DOS, Mac, Linux, UNIX) that supports IDE storage devices
Conclusion:

There isn’t much to test on a product like this other than just using it, and use it I did. I run a graphic design and computer repair shop out of my office and this product is perfect for working on older PC’s and there are a lot of them still around trust me. I am constantly getting the granny with the hand me down for e-mail that clicked on one too many “yes buttons” coming through the shop. This little device is perfect for plugging into my diagnostic rig and running scans through SATA instead of dealing with slave and master pins it usually just works without any or at least minimal hair loss.

Would I recommend this product? Yes, of course not everyone needs one of these but if you are in a HDD predicament this could be your low cost option for prolonging old drives or old motherboards.

Pros:

  • Price
  • Multiple Uses
  • Easy To Use
  • Cost Effective way to use Whats on Hand
Cons:
  • Would be nice if the power for the drives were integrated into the boards design so I could plug it straight into a HDD enclosure.



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