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 Post subject: Can I use external Sata HD via USB to a PATA only MB?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 6:35 pm 
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Can I use a Sata HD in an external enclosure with USB2 connection to an old motherboard that doesn't support SATA? I want to back-up my old PATA drives so that I can reformat & repartition now.

I'm thinking about getting the Thermaltake Max4 eSata & USB enclosure. I need it to work with my old 4 year old Dell Dimension now and want it to be useful when I build my first PC, with a Conroe MB (probably a P965 chipset).


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 6:49 pm 
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Yes. As long as your motherboard has USB 2.0, it will work.

(If it has USB 1.1, it will still work but be painfully slow.)

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 7:00 pm 
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qviri wrote:
Yes. As long as your motherboard has USB 2.0, it will work.

(If it has USB 1.1, it will still work but be painfully slow.)


The MB is USB 1.1 but I have a USB 2.0 PCI card. Will that be good enough?

Can I use a eSata PCI card? Will that work with my MB, also?


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Mr Reorg wrote:
Can I use a eSata PCI card? Will that work with my MB, also?


You will probably need to install drivers, but both should work.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 7:28 pm 
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Thanks for the quick replies, qviri.


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