Re: PATA to SATA
Master is just an additional configuration for parallel/IDE drives. There is a jumper on the back with 4 columns of two pins, two have a jacket over them. Somewhere on the drive it will show you where the jacket has to be to jump the drive as Master. This was the old Master/Slave configuration option for IDE. Master/Slave still exists with SATA but it tends to just go unnoticed.
Jumper the drive as Master, connect it to the SATA adapter and connect the SATA adapter to the motherboard. Some additional drivers may be required so check installation instructions of the particular adapter you buy. There should be some adapters out there for 160GB and up, just dont buy one that specifies a specific size limit.
Though, depending on how much the adapter is going to cost you, compared to how much a new 500GB hard drive is; might just be cheaper and easier in the long run to just buy a new SATA drive!
Hope this helps.
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