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List of SATA to PATA (IDE) adapters, please add yours

Discussion in 'TiVo Upgrade Center' started by ciper, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. MikeAndrews

    MikeAndrews Registered abuser

    I ordered two based on your recommendation. Now they're 6.98 including shipping. If they were priced the old way I would have saved $3.29 in shipping. :eek:

    Couldda bought a beer with that $3. I contacted him to ask if he would lower the price on my 2.
  2. mattymatt

    mattymatt New Member

    Sep 29, 2005
    I recently ordered a WD 500GB drive, recommended in the upgrade sticky thread--but embarassingly, I did not check that it was PATA interface, while my Toshiba SD-H400 only had a SATA cable. I would have apprecitated if that list pointed out which drives worked in which Tivo series. Thanks to this thread I ordered the adapter from partsdomauction on Ebay and it worked great. (Caution when connecting: pretty unstable; connect the SATA cable first, then connect to drive, otherwise it could snap off.)

    Did it work?: YES
    TiVo Model: Toshiba SD-H400 (Series 2 with DVD player)
    Hard drive model: Western Digital AV-GP 500 GB Bulk/OEM Hard Drive 3.5 Inch, 8 MB Cache, 5400RPM SATA II WD5000AVVS (Amazon, $60)
    Adapter retail name: PATA/IDE TO Serial ATA SATA Adapter For 2.5/3.5 SATA HD
    Purchased from / Price: partsdomauction on Ebay, $6.98 with free shipping.
    Chipset on the adapter: Umm, never checked that. Sorry.
  3. Xybernauts

    Xybernauts New Member

    Apr 26, 2009
    Did it work?: Yes
    TiVo Model: TiVo TCD540140
    Hard drive model: Western Digital 1TB GreenPower AV 16MB Cache 25dBA Bulk/OEM Hard Drive WD10EVCS
    Adapter retail name: 2.5/3.5 Drive SATA to ATA IDE Converter Adapter
    Purchased from / Price: Seller buycables on ebay for $5.99 with free shipping. I probably could have gotten the SATA to ATA IDE Converter Adapter for a cheaper price if I got it from a seller from hong kong, but I didn't want to wait that long.
    Chipset on the adapter: On the one I used I didn't check before installation. I had a second from Partsdom.com that appears to be the exact same product. I contacted Partsdom.com before buying the adapter. According to them it's SPIF223A HF022, but on the actual adapter it says JM20330.
  4. AllAboutJeeps

    AllAboutJeeps New Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    Peoria, IL
    Did it work?: Yes
    TiVo Model: S2 60hr (140060)
    Hard drive model: 1TB Western Digital WD10EVCS
    Adapter retail name: ??
    Purchased from / Price: ebay - http://stores.ebay.com/partsdom
    Chipset on the adapter: JM20330

    For some reason my computer recognized it as a Slave the first time, the next time it recognized it as Primary. Other than that oddity, works great. Still not sure what the jumper on the adapter does though.

  5. schuro

    schuro New Member

    Jul 1, 2002
    Helena, Mt
  6. juanian

    juanian New Member

    Oct 1, 2002
    Chandler, AZ
    So, what is the big difference between these adapters (aside from chipset)? Some appear to have SATA ends for cables, and others appear to be for plugging directly into a drive. For TiVo use, I would think that an adapter plugging directly into a drive would be better, as long as there was enough clearance to support the dangling board. Not having an adapter yet, I don't know if it will fit in my 540 TiVo directly connected to the drive. (I have ordered the one from partsdomauction on eBay - I guess I'll see if it fits when I get it.)

    Should posters also mention if they needed to use cables to go along with the adapters (and if the cables came with the adapter, or if they were a separate purchase)?
  7. bnm81002

    bnm81002 New Member

    Oct 2, 2004
    Did it work?: Yes
    TiVo Model: Philips DSR-704
    Hard drive model: Seagate SATA 1TB- ST31000333AS
    Adapter retail name: LK-13415
    Purchased from / Price: E-Bay/$6.98 with free shipping
    Chipset on the adapter: JM20330-couldn't see the name just the #

    I went from 483 hours to 975 hours thanks to this thread for the SATA to PATA adapter along with the WinMFS program to make it happen, thank you so much
  8. kschauwe

    kschauwe New Member

    Sep 16, 2003
    Bowling Green, Ohio
  9. bnm81002

    bnm81002 New Member

    Oct 2, 2004
    Did it work?: Yes
    TiVo Model: Philips DSR-704
    Hard drive model: Seagate SATA 1TB-ST31000333AS
    Adapter retail name: LK-13415
    Purchased from / Price: E-Bay/$6.98 with free shipping
    Chipset on the adapter: JM20330-no name was printed

    I upgraded my wife's receiver from 400GB to 1TB, went from 383 hours to 975 hours, thanks to this thread, thank you very much
  10. stahta01

    stahta01 Simple Member

    Did it work?: Worked on TCD240080; Worked OK ATT TCD130040; but, it was hard to get room to put drive back in on this model. The TCD240080 had more room on the connector end of drive.
    TiVo Model: TCD240080 and ATT TCD130040
    Hard drive model: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500Gbytes
    Adapter retail name: Sabrent SBT-STDB
    Purchased from / Price: Amazon.com $14.99 without shipping
    Adapter Specs:
    SATA provides transfer rates of 1.5 Gbps
    Ultra ATA-100/133
    Chipset on the adapter: Could not read the letters or even be sure that there is letters to read.
    Will try again; after, I get a magnifying glass.

    Shows 576 Basic Quality hours on TCD240080; the TCD130040 showed about 630 Basic Quality hours.

    Tim S
  11. dan0

    dan0 New Member

    Jul 7, 2009
    one question
    you are running the sata drives in sata 1 or sata II mode?

  12. cassiusdrow

    cassiusdrow New Member

    May 21, 2003
  13. emp

    emp New Member

    Feb 11, 2005
  14. stahta01

    stahta01 Simple Member

    The info implies it will work; but, it is larger than most and I see no way to mount on drive like the others do. Therefore, the unit in my opinion will not work as well as the others.

    My guess is, if you find a place/room and a way to mount it inside TiVo should work OK.

    Edit: Looks like it is designed to be mainly plugged into PC motherboards not attached to back of drives. If it is possible to plug into TiVo Motherboard and it does not hit something like the case top or HardDrive Frame, I believe it will work for some models of TiVos.

    Edit4: May need an power cable to power the SATA Drive, I do not see one in photo. The cable needed can very based on SATA Drive used.
    Possible cable. (Y Cable and Cable type change)

    Tim S
  15. kamban

    kamban New Member

    Aug 27, 2008
    Got a SATA-PATA adapter from ebay and it would not work beyond the powering up stage. Discarded it and ordered one that Mindflux recommended from partsdomauction and it works great.

    I upgraded to new 1TB WD EADS drive and have a series 2 DT Tivo.
  16. dwynne

    dwynne New Member

    Mar 11, 2002
  17. kamban

    kamban New Member

    Aug 27, 2008
    Yes. That is the one I got for my series 2 TiVo
  18. Fixer

    Fixer Fixin' it!!

    Did it work?: Yes
    TiVo Model: Series 2 TCD24008A
    Hard drive model: Samsung HD502HJ, 500 GB
    Adapter retail name: LK-13415 (or 863 or WLXKJ--863B)
    Purchased from / Price: EBay from partsdomauction, aka WOW Parts - $6.99, shipping included
    Chipset on the adapter: JMicron JM20330

    Used MFSLive CD to image the original 80GB TiVo drive to the new Samsung drive. In addition to the standard SATA ports, my PC has one IDE connector for legacy support. I used the adapter on the 500GB drive and set it as master, while setting the TiVo drive as slave. MFSLive detected the drives fine (hda/hdb), but the backup process was incredibly slow (ETA ~20 hours!!). I stopped the procedure and started over. This time I hooked the new drive to one of my SATA ports and set the TiVo drive as IDE master. When connected this way, the back up process only took 45 minutes!! Took the newly imaged drive, added the adapter, and placed in my TiVo. Came up without a hitch!

    I don't know why the backup was so slow when both drives were connected to the one IDE channel. If someone could explain that to me, I'd certainly appreciate it.
  19. dwynne

    dwynne New Member

    Mar 11, 2002
  20. dwynne

    dwynne New Member

    Mar 11, 2002
    It could be it did not turn on DMA for one of the IDE ports. There is a command to check / turn on DMA on the CD. http://www.mfslive.org/softwareguidep6.htm#othertools .

    I have what I call my "media computer" and it has 3 IDE channels so I can use up to 6 drives on it. The tools CDs (current and past) never would activate DMA on the tertiary IDE channels (non-standard) and even though the machine was fast the Tivo copies were dirt slow. I took an old and slow cast-off machine (but with standard ports) and used it and the copies were many times faster. I keep it around just for Tivo work...

    After you boot off the CD you should always use shift + pageup to see if the software ID'd the drives correctly and under what /dev/?d? . It always will show you the DMA status. No DMA = port IO which is a ton slower. You can try HDParm to set the DMA but if on a non-standard PC it may not work.

    It is also possible that the SATA drive to IDE adapter does not run at full speed. It could be more than fast enough for use in a Tivo, but not as fast as a native IDE (or SATA) drive. The specs SAY ATA 100/133 but who knows?


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