Posted 17 July 2008 - 05:35 AM
Yes, if the system has SATA connectors, you can operate both SATA and IDE drives concurrently. SATA drives don't operate as Master/Slave, each SATA channel carries a single drive.
I suspect you mean you want to keep the existing IDE drive as the boot drive, and use a new SATA drive as a secondary data drive? That only requires ensuring the IDE drive is selected as the first boot device in the BIOS setup.
However if the system has Windows XP as the OS, as an IDE drive is currently being used, there is probably no SATA drive installed to enable XP to access a SATA drive. If XP doesn't recognise the presence of a SATA drive, you can either identify the correct SATA drivers to install, or there will usually be an option in the BIOS to have the SATA controller emulate IDE.
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