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Ide And Sata Harddrives Together. Is It Possible?


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#1 Zugzug

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Posted 17 July 2008 - 03:55 AM

I have a Dell Dimension and right now it has an IDE harddrive in it but it also has a couple of plugs for a SATA harddrive (I think I have that right.) My question is, can I have both of the hardrives installed? I want to have the SATA as a slave and the other as the master.

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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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Posted 17 July 2008 - 11:48 AM

I'll just add that one of my desktops has a MB with 1 IDE connection (I have boot drive and optical drive on it) and 4 SATA connections (I tend to put my data on my SATA drives, while using PATA drives for boot drives).

As Platypus said...the motherboard may not have loaded the SATA driver...but it really should have loaded it with the other drivers, if the board has a SATA controller (and it does).

Typically, it's when attempting to install XP on a SATA drive...that the SATA driver becomes something to be concerned about, only because there is no native support in XP for SATA drives. To install XP on a SATA drive, that driver must be recognized/installed at the proper moment in the XP install routine.

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