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#1 dumduck

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 04:17 AM

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I have a home built rig running win2k pro. it has two IDE HDD's both seagate 80 gig barracudas. one is making a progressive whirring noise during the first stages of boot up then it stops. My MOBO is an ASUS A7N8X delux which has two SATA headers, as replacing this noisy HDD would be the sensible thing to do my question is should I buy a SATA replacement and will it run with the other ide. and what is the advantage of SATA over IDE.
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Posted 19 October 2006 - 01:12 AM

You can mix sata and IDE hard drives.

I have two IDE drives and one Sata drive on my system.

Sata drives are supposed to be faster but truthfully I have not noticed much difference other than Sata drives are more expensive gig for gig.

If your MB has Sata connections you will have to enable Sata in the bios and load the Sata drivers which should be on the cd that came with the mb or downloadable from the mb's support site.

You can mix sata and IDE hard drives.

I have two IDE drives and one Sata drive on my system.

Sata drives are supposed to be faster but truthfully I have not noticed much difference other than Sata drives are more expensive gig for gig.

If your MB has Sata connections you will have to enable Sata in the bios and load the Sata drivers which should be on the cd that came with the mb or downloadable from the mb's support site.

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Posted 22 October 2006 - 04:23 AM

Many thanks. Your comment on the sata drives were usefull as I was going to replace my noisy ide with a sata drive, now i will think again.
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Posted 23 October 2006 - 08:20 AM

Should you decide to go with the SATA (and boot from it) - ensure that you remove all the IDE drives from the system (especially those with a boot sector on them) before installing the OS.

Windows seems to have an "affinity" for IDE drives and will pick them as boot devices even when installing an OS on the SATA drive.
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