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#1 rover3500

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Posted 30 June 2008 - 08:31 AM

Hi everyone.I have an ide drive and a sata2 drive.When i install xp from scratch, it always renames the ide drive as c: which i don't want,as it is only a backup drive. I thought of disabling it in the bios until finished, but it still does it! Is there a way to lock a letter to my sata drive, or does anyone know how vista works with this,as i dont have the problem with the vista os..have tried latest drivers as well...Thanx

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Posted 30 June 2008 - 09:29 AM

Disconnect the IDE drive from the IDE interface, install XP onto the SATA drive. Shut down, reconnect the IDE drive.

On some boards, after reconnecting the IDE drive, you may need to go into the BIOS setup and ensure SATA is selected as the boot device ahead of the IDE, or you'll get "Operating System not found".

Edited by Platypus, 30 June 2008 - 09:34 AM.

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Posted 01 July 2008 - 07:23 AM

Just FYI - I've had this problem for years with XP and the SATA/IDE conflict. The biggest issue here (and one that's not visible to most users) is that the system will boot from the IDE drive and then will hand off to the OS on the SATA drive. This will increase your boot times significantly (IME). I'd also recommend a low-level format of the IDE drive so that the BIOS doesn't try to boot from it at any time.
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