How do I connect an IDE drive to SATA?

Updated: 01/24/2018 by Computer Hope
IDE to SATA interface adapter

If you have an IDE drive, whether it is a hard drive or CD/DVD drive, and your motherboard has a SATA connection, you can still connect the IDE drive to the motherboard.

For under twenty dollars, you can purchase an IDE to SATA adapter to convert an IDE connection to a SATA connection to connect to the motherboard. You can find this adapter in retail and online stores, including Best Buy, Walmart, TigerDirect, and


You may also need an adapter to convert the 4-pin Molex power connection on the IDE drive if the power supply in your computer does not have an available 4-pin Molex power connector.

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