installing serial ATA to IDEconverters in Dell dimension 8400

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by Dan, Jun 3, 2005.

  1. Dan

    Dan Guest

    Hello all,
    A friend recently tried to help me install a Western Digital 80 GB,
    10,000 RPM hard drive from my old PC into my new Dimension 8400.
    After mounting it in the chassis he said there was nowhere to hook it
    up, that there was no IDE controller. He searched around quite a bit
    and couldn't find a place to hook up the drive, apparently there are
    only serial ATA controllers in the chassis. We searched the Internet
    for some kind of adapter and did find a SATA converter from a company
    called The adapter came in a package with no
    manufactures name on it, it only says that it was made in China. I'm
    just curious if there will be any performance degradation once we get
    the hard drive hooked up using this adapter. I searched a bit more
    about SATA converters and that some work well and others don't,
    sometimes it depends on the model of drive its being used on. Sorry,
    I don't have the model number for the Western Digital drive as it's
    already in my machine and I can't get to it. According to device
    manager, the model number of the drive already installed on my PC is
    ST 3800 1 3AS. Any help in getting this drive installed and running
    at optimal performance is greatly appreciated!


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    Dan, Jun 3, 2005
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  2. Dan

    Pen Guest

    There is one IDE controller in the 8400, used for
    any optical drives. So if you have 2 CDs and/or DVDs
    then it's correct about no where to hook it up.
    Any converter will have some performance hit, but it's
    unlikely to be noticeable. Just remember to strap the
    WD as "single drive" or "cableselect" not master or slave.
    Pen, Jun 3, 2005
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