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Gizmos, Gadgets and Goodies Guide - April 2003

By: Shawn Baker | Guides | Posted: Apr 30, 2003 4:00 am

Anyware Computer Accessories Continued


- Iwill Serial ATA to Parallel ATA Adapter


With Serial ATA quickly becoming mainstream, certain motherboards are getting rid of the extra two PATA channels and replacing them with two SATA channels. Instead of having the four PATA channels we have became accustomed to, you are limited to two and people who have multiple hard drives, CD-ROMs and the like may find that they are out of space. This is where the SATA to PATA adapter comes in handy, instead of letting those two extra ports go to waste, you can now use them with your extra drives.


The device is very basic; it is simply a small PCB with a PATA adapter on one end and a SATA on the other and a little plug for power. It doesn't take a genius to install this, simply plug the necessary cables in their locations. Once installed boot up your machine and your Serial ATA controller should pick up the extra drives.



It's a very simple product produced by IWILL who have a good name as far as motherboards go. The inclusion of it being boxed would have been nicer as the similar product produced by ABIT looks very professional.




Some new and very cool products have hit our shores and let's hope we get a chance to have a look at some more next month. If its case modding you're after or you are simply trying to make use of those extra features available for your computer, any of the above products may be exactly what you are looking for. Overall we have some excellent products this month from Anyware and while they may not be useful for some, others are going to love them.


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