I got a cheap PATA to SATA converter on eBay because my box doesn't have any SATA ports left for the SATA Blu-ray writer I recently purchased. It only half works, which of course is worse than a clear no.
I can write and read DVDs in a booted system, but I can't boot from it and I haven't managed to write a BD-ROM disc either.
It's as if the hardware instruction set is not complete.
It will also only work on it's own on the PATA channel which doesn't surprise me.
Has anyone had this kind of experience and if so did you manage to rectify it? Is it actually even possible to do this conversion reliably?
I'm also wondering if it's possible to still have a second slave PATA drive but I don't expect so, given that SATA drives are always on their own normally.
Perhaps the drive could be the thing at fault. I've also found that I can't boot from it with a USB SATA converter either, even though I can boot from other CD drives with USB converters. The drive is an LG BH10LS30, perhaps a firmware update could improve things?