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Laptop HD to a SerialATA computer

In the old days I used an IDE converter to convert a laptop hard drive to a standard IDE hard drive cable in a regular PC.  These days my board only supports serial and soon all boards will be that way.  Is there any way to connect my laptop mini-IDE (for lack of more intelligent terminology) hard drive to that serial port?
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Expert4XPCommented:
You will need a SATA to IDE adapter.
Here's just one I found (find more using Google)

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinXP/Q_21858515.html

On top of that you will need a laptop to ide adapter.

http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?product_code=294956&pfp=SEARCH

It sounds kind of convoluted.  I haven't seen a laptop to sata adapter yet, but assume they are or will be out there.

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tedpennerAuthor Commented:
yeah the laptop drive to serial in one adapter would be a better bet.
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Expert4XPCommented:
Ok, here's an interesting alternative.  It's an 2.5 and 3.5 adapter to usb:

http://tekgems.com/Products/kl-usb-sata-ide-25-35.htm

Seems like that would do what you want.
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tedpennerAuthor Commented:
That is to connect a SATA drive to USB via MAC drivers.  What I need is one device to convert straight from mini-IDE on a laptop hard drive to a SATA port.
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Expert4XPCommented:
It says it will work on either PC or Mac.  But I agree that if you want a single adapter of 2.5 inch laptop ide drive to sata, I haven't seen it on the market yet.  (of course there's probably laptop sata drives coming up soon too....)
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scrathcyboyCommented:
The simple answer is NO.  Serial ATA is a totally different communication protocol than IDE.  YOu will not be ale to do this as far as I know.
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garycaseCommented:
First of all, you do NOT need a SATA-to-IDE adapter as Expert4XP said (although his link is not to any such adapters -- it's to an old EE question on opening e-mail folders).

... what you need is an IDE-to-SATA adapter;  commonly known as a Bridge Board.   You can get an IDE-to-SATA Bridge Board here:  http://www.granitedigital.com/catalog/pg52_satabridgeboards.htm  (Note they also sell SATA-to-IDE board;  you want Item #1085)

You will then also need (as noted above) a 2.5" to 3.5" IDE adapter -- but you could plug this into the Bridge Board on a semi-permanent basic if you were only using the Bridge Board for laptop drives.   Here's a very inexpensive adapter:  http://cgi.ebay.com/2-5-Laptop-to-3-5-Desktop-Hard-Drive-IDE-Adaptor-AIAB_W0QQitemZ9729105637QQcategoryZ41994QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

A couple of other comments:

==>  As I think you know from your comments, a direct IDE connection is MUCH more reliable for recovering data, etc. than using an IDE-USB convertor.

==>  Someone said "... probably laptop sata drives coming up soon ..." ==>  WRONG!!   They've BEEN here for some time.   Many newer laptops already use SATA drives.

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Expert4XPCommented:
garycase -- thanks for pointing out that copy/paste link that was wrong.  Here's the corrected link I meant to include:

http://www.cwol.com/serial-ata/serial-ata-ide-converter.htm

As you noted, that along with the CompUSA adapter, it is the same approach as indicated above.
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davidis99Commented:
If the drive does not have to be internal, but simply available for use, you could also try an external USB enclosure for 2.5" drives.   NewEgg.com carries 52 different models.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.asp?Submit=ENE&N=2010090092+1053807124+1054107130+1054207132&Subcategory=92&description=&srchInDesc=&minPrice=&maxPrice=
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Expert4XPCommented:
My previous comment >> there's probably laptop sata drives coming up soon too.

garycase, you're right, they're here already; here's one example:
http://www.directron.com/0a25015.html
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garycaseCommented:
Expert4XP ==> As I noted, I'm well aware that SATA drives are already being used in laptops.
HOWEVER ... your link is (again) WRONG.   That is NOT a SATA drive !!!

Not really any need for a link to such a drive anyway, but since you posted a bad one, here's a good link to a whole page of SATA notebook drives:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.asp?Submit=ENE&N=2010150380+1035907918&Subcategory=380&description=&srchInDesc=&minPrice=&maxPrice=
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Expert4XPCommented:
garycase, my apologies.
http://www.directron.com/0a26923.html

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garycaseCommented:
... When you're going to post a link it's not difficult to (a) open a new browser window; (b) paste your link in the address bar; and (c) CHECK IT !!   (I ALWAYS do this before posting a link)
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Expert4XPCommented:
In both cases I had the url link open in another window.  I thought I had issued the ctrl-c to copy it, but obviously it was the EE link and not the link to the adapter.  

In the second case, the link I posted was what I intended.  But this comment at http://www.directron.com/0a25015.html mis-lead me.  "Parallel and Serial ATA interfaces on all models."  

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tedpennerAuthor Commented:
Thanks Expert4XP, I think that may be as close as I can get.  Now for a better looking min-ide to ide?
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Expert4XPCommented:
Thanks tedpenner.  Most all of the laptop/ide adapters appear to be meant for a temporary installation.  A few of the links showed a mounting plate for the laptop adaptor.  Maybe that was what you were looking for.

http://search.ebay.com/ide-laptop-adapter_W0QQfclZ4QQfnuZ1QQfsopZ1QQxpufuZx

Here's the whole search:
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=laptop+ide+adapter
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