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I have a small ATA disk, a big SATA disk, and an old computer that supports only ATA. Can I unscrew the ATA controller from the disk and attach it to the other disk?

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migrated from Dec 15 '11 at 2:21

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No, you can't. The electronics to control the drive, and the firmware are on the controller card, and you can't just swap them willy nilly between systems.

You could get a adaptor to use the SATA disk with a pata connector however.

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He can Google for "SATA to PATA adapter" and find what he needs. – Justin Pearce Dec 15 '11 at 5:31
precisely. as opposed to hacking apart something in the vain hope that it works – Journeyman Geek Dec 15 '11 at 5:35

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