new hard drive trouble

Brandon Stout bms at
Fri Dec 29 01:43:54 MST 2006

Christer Edwards wrote:
> Afternoon,
> Santa was nice to me this year and I found myself the proud new owner
> of a 500G WD  (WD5000KS WD Caviar SE16) hard drive.  It turns out,
> however, that the drive uses SATA and my machines use PATA.  I'm not
> up-to-date on my hardware definitions so this is what I *believe* is
> the situation.  Bottom line they use different connections and I can't
> connect the thing to any of my machines.
> Could anyone that is a little more up-to-date on hardware give me some
> tips?  Should I just go pick up a PCI SATA controller and connect it
> that way?  If so are there any restrictions on where I can use it?
> ie; will the controller recognize the drive no matter the size or am I
> also restricted on the size the BIOS will recognize?  I was actually
> planning on putting it in a fairly old machine that I use as a media
> server.  Or, should I return this drive and get one that is more
> immediately compatible with my machine?
> Thanks
Find out your SATA drive speed:

  SATA 150 or SATA I
  SATA 300 or SATA II

Either get a PCI SATA card to match, or get the faster SATA II card
since it'll run the slower SATA I drives and the SATA II drives. The
drive size shouldn't be an issue with the PCI card - just make sure your
Unix/Linux-based OS supports the drive size.  I believe there's a good
article in Wikipedia on Serial ATA that may give more information.

Brandon Stout

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