Serial ATA Harddrive Question - Can it work in a motherboard without Serial connectors?

my buddy bought a Serial ATA harddrive without checking his motherboard(which doesn't have serial).  Is there any way we can still make this work, or does he need to return the harddrive?  Would a serial PCI card make sense, or be too slow?  Is there a serial to parallel adapter?  Thanks

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You can get PCI SATA cards and connect the HD to that.

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buckstaffAuthor Commented:
thanks.  Will this be a bottleneck on the harddrive though?  This is a Western Digital 250GIG serial ATA HD with 16mb of cache.  Is he better off taking that harddrive back(or selling it to me lol) and buying a parallel at a much cheaper price?
Hello buckstaff

I do believe this is what you want:

Steve :)
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If your computer has an USB version 1, Try the PCI card solution is faster.
It should be no bottleneck and work just fine.
Rindi's recommend is best choice.
Wooky JackCommented:

Go with rindi's post ;)
I disagree, return the drive for one matched to the MB IDE port.  The reliability will be better and the configuration much simpler, addon cards can be a big problem, and  WD SATA is not reliable with many SATA controllers.  Of course, this is just my experience, everyone else disagree, but I would return the SATA for IDE in an instant.
Wooky JackCommented:
I have western digital 300gig sata caviar on a SATA controller card and I haven't had any problems.  But that is personal experience ;) however.

Either suggestion works buckstaff ;)
If you can return it: it's cheaper (do not need to buy anything else) it's faster (your onboard controller is always faster than wathever you connnect trough USB, PCI, etc) it's the right way!
not always true. devices have limitations to waht they can perform, and if it is performing at max which is well under the PCI bus's capabiltiies, then an onboard controller is not going to be any different.

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