SATA on a Dell Dimension 4400

Storage expert Greg Schulz discusses using SATA on a Dell Dimension 4400.

Can I use a SATA hard disk on my Dell Dimension 4400? The Dell support agent says I cannot use it, because the mother board does not support it. But, I see ads on the Web for IDE-SATA interface cables. What are they? Are there any controller cards which can help?
Dude (could not resists the Dell phrase), if you are getting a "no" response from Dell for your disk question, either hang-up and call a different Dell support person, or re-phrase your question.

While you may not be able to attach a SATA hard disk drive directly to the motherboard in place of the IDE/ATA...

drives, you could install a PCI-SATA adapter and attach your SATA disk drives using one of your PCI slots.

The catch is what drivers are supported depending upon your operating system, drive types and adapters.

This was first published in March 2007

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