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How to Upgrade IDE Laptop Hard Disk to SATA Hard disk Without Data Loss

Updated on Apr 23, 2019 by Jean to Todo Backup Resource

Summary:
To fully fix a slower and slower computer or laptop, you may consider changing the transmission port of the hard drive, and it helps if upgrade an IDE hard disk to SATA hard disk. Here, you can learn how to start the hard drive replacement with different types of ports without reinstalling the system or losing data.

IDE vs. SATA

Both are used to connect storage devices to a computer's system bus. But what's the difference or how do you choose one?

Except for the length of data cable, of which the IDE is like 18 inches long while the SATA is like a meter long, there is one major difference that means a lot when you find a computer/laptop working slower and slower.

SATA is the newer standard ((introduced in 2003))and SATA drives are faster than IDE drives.

  • IDE speed: data transfers at the rate of up to 133MB/s
  • SATA speed: Data transfers at the rate of up to 6 Gb/s

According to the comparison between the different types of interfaces to connect the hard drive to a computer in order to store system and data, and if you're still using a laptop with IDE hard drive, you may soon meet the problem of hard drive very slow in transferring data. 

To fully fix a slower and slower computer or laptop, you may consider changing the transmission port of the hard drive, and it helps if upgrade an IDE hard disk to SATA hard disk. Here, you can learn how to start the hard drive replacement with different types of ports without reinstalling the system or losing data.

How to Change an IDE Hard Disk to SATA Hard Disk Without Reinstalling OS or Losing Data

If your laptop or desktop board support for SATA, it's easy. Just use a SATA cable and power cable to connect your SATA drive to the laptop. However, if it's not SATA supported, you must carefully follow the beneath guide to complete the whole task.

What you need:

How we begin:

In some retail or online stores (such as Best Buy, Walmart, TigerDirect, and Amazon.com), spend under twenty dollars on a suitable IDE to SATA adapter like this so that you can connect your SATA hard drive to your laptop. 

Step 1. Launch and run EaseUS Todo Backup on your PC and select "Clone" on the left pane.

Run disk partition cloning software.

Step 2. Select the disk or partition that you want to clone. 

Choose partition or drive to clone.

And then select the destination disk that you want to save cloned disk or partition with data. 

Note: If you prefer to allocate the target disk with the same layout as the source disk, just enable a sector level clone by clicking "Advanced options" -> "Sector by sector clone".

Enable sector by sector clone for disk/partition clone.

Step 3. Click "Proceed" to start cloning your disk or partition now.

Start disk/partition cloning process.

EaseUS Todo Backup is widely downloaded by people when it comes to making a regular backup of your computer hard disk, OS and data. In addition, the transfer system from dissimilar hardware from one computer to another without reinstalling the operating system.