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Scsi And Ide Drives In Same Machine


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#1 SysTech Guy

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Posted 06 July 2008 - 10:09 AM

Before I begin this project, I first wanted to put it out to the ether to see if it was even feasible.


I just bought a new HP vista machine that I would like to add a second hard drive to that will contain Fedora Linux.

The hard drive that has Vista is SATA and the Linux hard drive is an IDE drive.

I would like to boot linux first where I get the grub boot menu and have the choice of either booting Vista or booting Linux.


My question is:
Is this possible since one drive is sata and one is IDE? I am not sure how this would work since with two IDE drives I would declare one drive the master and one drive the slave, but with SATA and IDE, I don't know how this would work.

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Posted 06 July 2008 - 01:02 PM

Seems to me that your question...is immaterial, if you use a boot loader. I haven't used anything other than the Windows boot files in ages...but I would imagine your choice of boot loader determines what options you have for booting.

If you were installing XP and using the native boot files, your Master/Slave comment would still not be pertinent. Master/Slave/Cable Select settings only matter when two devices are installed on one cable. IDE cables are the only ones which allow for two devices, SATA cables are 1 for 1.

What matters (when booting) is which partition is active...and which hard drive your selected active partition would be on (this can vary with every boot, if you so choose).

I think I don't understand what you are trying to ask...wait for comments from someone else with more understanding :thumbsup:.

FWIW: The boot order in Windows would also determine which drive would boot. EXAMPLE: I have a motherboard with SATA support and 3 SATA drives, while I have XP installed on my singular IDE connection. I currently boot the IDE drive...but I could just as easily have installed XP on a SATA drive and booted that, rather than the IDE drive.

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Edited by hamluis, 06 July 2008 - 01:05 PM.





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