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Bi-Directional SATA IDE Adapter Converter

Bi-directional adapter converts IDE to SATA or SATA to IDE

Product ID: PATA2SATA3

  • Bi-Directional support for IDE-to-SATA or SATA-to-IDE communication
  • Compatible with PATA (IDE) 100/133 MBps hard devices
  • Compatible with SATA revision 1/2/3 (1.5/3.0/6.0 Gbps) devices
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  • Supports SATA/IDE ATAPI devices, such as CD/DVD optical drives
  • Fully compliant with Serial ATA 1.0a specifications, with transfer rates up to 1.5 Gbps
  • Compatible with Master/Slave/Cable Select modes for IDE devices
  • No driver or software required
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Overview

The PATA2SATA3 is a bi-directional SATA IDE adapter/converter that lets you connect a Serial ATA drive to a legacy IDE port, or an IDE drive to a SATA motherboard port.

A cost-effective solution for upgrading existing IDE systems to support SATA hard drives or optical drives, the SATA/IDE adapter eliminates the expense of having to purchase a controller card while saving the expansion slot that would be required for card installation.

In addition to SATA hard drive installation, the adapter can be reversed in order to connect older IDE drives to a newer SATA-enabled motherboard, making it easy to retrieve old files from a previous system.

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • A single, versatile adapter can be used to connect an IDE device to a SATA motherboard or vice-versa without any drivers or software installation
  • Supports not only hard drives, but CD/DVD optical drives as well
  • Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support

Applications

Connect newer SATA drives to an older motherboard with only IDE support

Connect an old IDE drive to a new SATA only motherboard to recover the data

Technicians who regularly need to work with both types of drives across different types of systems

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 2 Years
Hardware
Chipset ID SunplusIT - SPIF223A
Drive Size 2.5in & 3.5in
Number of Drives 1
Performance
Type and Rate SATA I (1.5 Gbps)
Connector(s)
Connector Type(s) 1 - IDE (40 Pin, EIDE/PATA) Female
1 - SP4 (4 pin, Small Drive Power) Male
2 - SATA (7 pin, Data) Plug
Software
OS Compatibility OS independent; No software or drivers required
Indicators
LED Indicators 1 - HDD Activity - Green
1 - Power - Red
Environmental
Humidity 90% RH
Operating Temperature 0°C to 70°C (32°F to 158°F)
Storage Temperature -40°C to 150°C (-40°F to 302°F)
Physical Characteristics
Color Black
Enclosure Type Plastic
Product Height 0.4 in [11 mm]
Product Length 2.4 in [61 mm]
Product Weight 0.7 oz [20 g]
Product Width 2 in [50 mm]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 5.3 oz [150 g]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - Bi-Directional SATA IDE Converter
1 - SATA Cable
1 - SP4 to Dual LP4 Y Power Adapter
1 - Instruction Manual
Supports any operating system.
No additional drivers or software required.

Certifications

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Accessories

Product Support

Frequently Asked Questions

Before You Buy

Note: For more information on how to detect an IDE hard drive, visit http://www.startech.com/faq/hard_drive_accessories_ide_detection.

Older IDE drives are not supported by current StarTech.com products. Typically, these drives were made earlier than the mid-to-late 1990s and are smaller than 1 Gigabyte in size.

There are a number of reasons that older IDE drives may not be detected, including the following:

  • The drive uses PIO (Programmed Input/Output) mode and not DMA (Direct Memory Access).

  • The drive is non-ATA or is using an ATA mode that predates the chipset's compatibility (usually older than ATA-4).

  • The sector size is not 512 bytes.

Unfortunately there is no workaround in these situations. An older system or an older IDE controller card must be used to access older IDE drives.

Troubleshooting

Note: If you are using an IDE hard drive 1 Gigabyte in size or smaller, refer to the following FAQ: http://www.startech.com/faq/hard_drive_accessories_minimum_ide_hard_drive_size

If you are unable to detect your IDE (PATA) drive using a StarTech.com product, you may need to change the jumper settings on your drive. The jumpers switch the drive between Master, Slave, and Cable Select for most drives. A jumper is a small plastic piece that slides on top of two pins to electrically short them together.

When it does not mention what IDE drive configuration is required or if there is only one drive in the setup, the drive should be configured as Master. If Master is not working, try using the drive in Cable Select.

There is no standard position for the jumpers on IDE drives. On some drives, the jumper diagram is on the label that is on the top of the drive. On other drives, there are markings on the circuit board for CS, MA, and SL, which means a jumper shorts the pins vertically in that position. For more information, refer to the documentation provided by the manufacturer.

Bi-Directional SATA IDE Adapter Converter

Customer Reviews

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(1 star) A little misleading

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Have not been able to use this as you need a 40 ide male connector to plug it into if you cant plug into the motherboard.
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Response from StarTech.com:
Malcolm, Customer Support
We're sorry to hear the PATA2SATA3 didn't work for your application. To connect newer SATA drives to an older motherboard with only IDE support, an available IDE port or male connection is required since our adapter has a female IDE connector. Feel free to contact us directly if you have any further questions. Malcolm, StarTech.com

(5 stars) Worked fine. Just needed to fix my HDD

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I bought this because I had an old IDE hard drive laying around for years that I needed to clean the data out of. Here is something to keep in mind... if you are connecting an old IDE drive up, be sure that the jumpers are set properly (if applicable). For some odd reason, one of my jumpers was in the wrong position, so I thought the adapter wasn't working at first. Once I noticed the jumper and fixed it, everything worked fine.
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(1 star) Not workingAs

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As previous user stated, everything connected as manual suggests and HD isn't recognized by PC. All in all useless.
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Response from StarTech.com:
Brian, Customer Support
Thanks for sharing your feedback on our PATA2SATA3. We're very sorry it isn't working correctly and we'd like to help. We would like to know a bit more about your configuration and look into what might be the problem. We have 24 hour support from Monday to Friday. You can call us toll-free at 1-800-265-1844 or chat live with us at StarTech.com/Chat.

(1 star) Wont work in new HP

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I bought this adapter to transfer a WD-250GB to a new HP Z240 workstation. It isn't recognized. All cables are connected correctly and the Power Indicator on the Interface is lit. Hard drive spins up, but nothing is recognized by the computer. Not even in the Device Manager. No drivers to update and nothing else to change. I wont give it a Quality rating, since it doesn't work.
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Response from StarTech.com:
Sam, Customer Service
Thank you for sharing your review of our PATA2SATA3. I'm sorry to hear about the issues you had with getting this adapter to work in your setup! Have you had a chance to check "Disk Management" to see if the drive is detected by the computer but isn't initialized? Have you also tried switching the drive between "Master" and "Slave" modes? This adapter is covered by a 2 year warranty and free lifetime technical support. Our Technical Advisors are available 24 hours a day, 5 days a week, to provide support. For further troubleshooting, I recommend reaching out to us at 1-800 265-1844 or www.startech.com/chat Sam, StarTech.com Support
Response from StarTech.com:
Sam, Customer Service
Thank you for sharing your review of our PATA2SATA3. I'm sorry to hear about the issues you had with getting this adapter to work in your setup! Have you had a chance to check "Disk Management" to see if the drive is detected by the computer but isn't initialized? Have you also tried switching the drive between "Master" and "Slave" modes? This adapter is covered by a 2 year warranty and free lifetime technical support. Our Technical Advisors are available 24 hours a day, 5 days a week, to provide support. For further troubleshooting, I recommend reaching out to us at 1-800 265-1844 or www.startech.com/chat

(5 stars) Only one that works with newer computers.

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Only adapter we found that works with newer model computers. We use it in a classroom environment with removable IDE drives and it works perfectly
Quality of Product (5/5)
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(5 stars)

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I bought this adapter to retrieve files from an IDE disk drive that was in an older computer that failed. Not having a system with IDE interface to connect the drive to, I needed the adapter to connect to a system with a SATA drive interface. The adapter worked perfectly. If the system that you intend to use this adapter in does not have a LP4 Molex 4 pin power connector for the IDE drive, you will need a SATA to LP4 Power Cable Adapter - F/M, which is StarTech product ID LP4SATAFM6IN.
Quality of Product (5/5)
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