Windows 10: Is it worth reusing my old SATA drive?

Discus and support Is it worth reusing my old SATA drive? in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware to solve the problem; I have an old Seagate 1Tb SATA HDD from my last computer. It measures 4 x 5 3/4 inches. Could I get a caddy for this and reuse it with my new Windows... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware' started by ShadowLad, Nov 20, 2020.

  1. ShadowLad Win User

    Is it worth reusing my old SATA drive?


    I have an old Seagate 1Tb SATA HDD from my last computer. It measures 4 x 5 3/4 inches. Could I get a caddy for this and reuse it with my new Windows 10 laptop, or is it an obsolete form factor and not worth the additional cost?

    :)
     
    ShadowLad, Nov 20, 2020
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  2. senderj Win User

    IDE drive to SATA host

    Thank you for all the replies.
    @cereberus, I want to reuse the IDE devices because I don't want to waste them. In fact DVD writer is the one I want to reuse. Buying an SATA writer is very cheap nowadays, but if there is a way to reuse old ones than it will reduce carbon emission.
    @das10, @muchomurka, there is no jumper at both boards and I've tried all jumper settings at my IDE devices: master, slave, cs. Also I use different power source for the boards and the devices when testing. @Others, thank you for your suggestions on IDE2USB and PCI2IDE, will try them out if settings/configurations cannot make my boards working.
     
    senderj, Nov 20, 2020
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  3. SATA DVD-RW Drives

    Hey Guys,

    So, I finally just bought my new rig: EVGA A1 Mobo (w/ 6 SATA Slots), 2 WD Raptors (SATA - Gonna RAID 0 Boot), 4 Seagate 320GB Barracuda's (SATA - Gonna RAID 5 Storage).
    However, I realized I also bought 2 DVD-RW drives, in SATA *Eek! Is it worth reusing my old SATA drive? :eek: not enough SATA ports on the mobo...

    So a couple of questions follow:
    1) Is SATA really faster for DVD-RW drives than IDE?
    2) Is there anyway to Inline/Series the (2) SATA DVD-RW drives, kinda like you do with IDE (Master/Slave)?
    3) Are there any SATA-->IDE reverse adaptors (not the opposite, I know those exist)?
    4) Based on the above answers, should I:
    • a) Get a PCI-E SATA RAID Card to Handle One of the RAID Arrays, and keep the DVD-RW drives as SATA? (although those are dang expensive, AND I don't know where that PCI Card is gonna fit - got an 8800gtx, PCI Slot-Cooler, Wifi card... an extra slot but no room down there)
    • b) Return the DVD-RW SATA drives and get (2) IDE DVD-RW drives?
    • Another option that won't require me spending a lot of money?
    Eesh, I'm kinda stuck on my build if I don't have a CD Drive to read from for Windows Install(I don't have any extra ones sittin around - and I want to install my RAID 5 Storage array right away)

    Suggestions?*Confused Is it worth reusing my old SATA drive? :confused:
     
    surfsk8snow.jah, Nov 20, 2020
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  4. Is it worth reusing my old SATA drive?

    New SATA II Drive

    I'm goin to be getting a new SATA dive soon, but would like some feedback from people on how they like theirs. Please list your SATA drive and what you think about it.

    (and a question: are SATA II drive backwards compatible with SATA I mobo's?)
     
    error_f0rce, Nov 20, 2020
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