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SATA hard drives with an ATA motherboard

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Hi

I've got a small Via mini-itx motherboard, and want to use four large (250Gb or 300Gb) hard disks. Even tho the motherboard doesn't support SATA, can I buy a converter or something?

I don't want to buy any more PATA drives, and can't find any mini-itx boards that have on board SATA yet.

This all has to fit into a Travla C146 1U rackmount case (http://www.itx-warehouse.co.uk/Product.aspx?ProductID=175), hence the use of mini-itx board.

Suggestions?


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I was in almost the same situation: My mainboard doesn't support SATA either and I didn't want to buy another PATA drive. The solution usually is to use a PCI SATA-Controller card.
SATA-Controllers are available from many companies. Personally I use a controller with an SATA chip from Silicon Image. Their native SATA controller chips have a pretty good reputation and can be found on many cheap no-name cards as well as on some brand-name cards.

The problem in your particular case however, will be the limited extendability of the mini-itx system.
A possible solution might be a riser card like this: http://www.itx-warehouse.co.uk/Product.aspx?ProductID=123
It gives you an additional PCI slot and probalby also makes it easier to fit PCI cards into the case you have.

Hope that helps,

- Michael



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Michael - Thanks for the info, just  what I needed to know.


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