Asus P5LP-LE SATA dongle (IDE to SATA)

Discussion in 'Asus' 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 to run Windows XP and use the
    bigger sata one for storage. 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.
    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

    Paul Guest

    Those kinds of adapters aren't always trouble-free:

    Some brands (and the convert chips they use) work better than others.
    Before buying one, I'd "google" the brand/model number, and see
    whether it is working for people.

    Another option would be to get an IDE controller board.

    PROMISE ULTRA100TX2 PCI IDE Controller Card - Retail

    PROMISE ULTRA133TX2 PCI IDE Controller Card - Retail

    With the Ultra100TX2, you would want to make sure it has
    the latest onboard flash code, so that the card can handle
    disks larger than 137GB in the future. Again, googling for
    people's experiences with these things will tell you whether
    the odds are good for this option or not. You may need to
    press F6 during Windows install, to give Windows some drivers
    for the card. I have an Ultra 100 in one of my computers,
    and didn't have a problem with it - I boot Windows with it.
    It's been quite a while since I set it up.

    Paul, Oct 3, 2005
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  3. Macy

    Macy Guest

    Thanks Paul. 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. It's a shame that
    during this "ide sata transitionary period" the motherboard didn't just
    have a second IDE slot, 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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