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2 Disk Sata Configuration


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#1 rosiesdad

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 09:05 PM

I have a DELL 4700 with 2 SATA ports on the MB. I have a WD 160 gig SATA II and a WD 80 gig SATA I. I have an operating system on both disks, not cloned. I can hook up the SATA I (80) to port 0(boot), and the SATA II to port 1 and bios sees both disks but MY COMPUTER and Windows Explorer only sees the SATA I (boot).

If I reverse the MB connections and have the 160g SATA II on port 0(boot) bios sees both disks and MY COMPUTER&WIndows Explorer see the 160g SATA II as the boot and the SATA I for storage.

Is this because of SATA I & II issues? (works one way but not the other)

IN either case, I can boot into XP and run fine, just not able to use the larger disk for backup while using the smaller one for boot.

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 09:26 PM

There is nothing that I'm aware of...that should prohibit each disk from being properly recognized in XP...unless they both have the same letter assignment (which should not be possible).

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Posted 18 June 2008 - 11:46 AM

AH HA, solved. Apparently this disk just needed a drive letter assigned to it. I gave it one and its good to go. First time I had to assign one, usually Windows does this automatically.

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Posted 18 June 2008 - 12:18 PM

Nice going :thumbsup:, happy computing.

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