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serial ata compatible with parallel

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are serial ata hard drives compatible with parallel connectors.

I have a motherboard that does not support sata,  can I still use sata, or is there a pci card that I have to buy?

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kronostm earned 500 total points
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No, the two standards are not compatible, not in the way it works and not in the connector aspect.
See this, there's a comparing description and eloquent pictures:
http://www.tech-report.com/reviews/2003q1/ata-comparo/index.x?pg=1
http://www.directron.com/patasata.html

Short description: http://www.intel.com/support/chipsets/serial_descript.htm


Hope this helps

Kronos
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There are serial ata to IDE converters for about $25 (per drive) , but why not get a serial ata PCI card and take advantage of the drive's capabilities?
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Yeah bradderick, I forgot to mention the adaptor. I focused on specifications about those two standards. Indeed , you can buy adapters from parallel to serial or serial to parallel.
Using a serial ATA controller is highly recomended as a gain in speed is certain, but the price is also higher.
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A little higher until you consider the adapters are $25 EACH, so the next drive will have to have one, and then you've got all those little PC boards and ribbon cables in there... yechhh
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by:bradderick
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Thanks to both of you for the comments....most appreciated and have helped me get my head around it.


Am going to give the points to kronos as was first.

Many thanks,
Brad
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