7170n Asus P5LP-LE SATA dongle (IDE to SATA)

Discussion in 'HP' started by Macy, Oct 3, 2005.

  1. Macy

    Macy Guest

    I have an HP 71070n with a sata hard drive installed. I'd like to be
    able to use my smaller Maxtor IDE drive with it if possible, just as a
    separate backup. The motherboard is an Asus P5LP-LE and has only one
    IDE slot which is being used for the two optical drives. So I bought an
    i2S IDE to SATA converter (dongle) to use in one of the other three
    sata slots.
    However, so far it's not being detected. It powers on, but dosn't show
    up in the bios for boot order. I've tried removing the pure sata drive
    that came installed and putting the IDE converted one in slot one and
    still no detection. I've tried the jumpers on it in every position
    including removing them altogether.
    The sata drivers are installed with Windows already because the pure
    sata drive will work fine.

    Anyone try anything similar or have any ideas? Thanks!
    Macy, Oct 3, 2005
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  2. Macy

    Ben Myers Guest

    This is a difficult one. If you get a Promise IDE add-in card with its own
    BIOS, the system may try to boot from the IDE drive. I don't know. It depends
    on how smart the HP BIOS is.

    I've never messed with an IDE-SATA converter, but I am very skeptical. SATA is
    still somewhat in its infancy and not yet even directly supported by the Windows
    operating system, which is why you need to install the drivers from a CD if you
    install from scratch... Ben Myers
    Ben Myers, Oct 3, 2005
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  3. Macy

    Macy Guest

    Thanks for the reply. Yes, I did think about getting an IDE controller
    card, but decided to take a shot with the adapter because it was
    cheaper and more space saving. They seem hard to come by too. They
    hadn't even heard of such a thing at the two places I went to in town.
    But it's good to know there are alternatives. I could just simply use
    the drive it came with, heck, it's big enough! But I always have to do
    something to make my world more complicated ;)
    Macy, Oct 3, 2005
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