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Ide And Sata Together?

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#1 Doominator25


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Posted 05 May 2007 - 06:05 AM

I have a (possibly noobish) question, I have an Asus K8N4-E motherboard, with with two IDE hard drives connected. The motherboard also has 4 SATA connectors. I want to get a new HDD and was wondering if I could get a SATA drive to run as well as my existing IDE drives (IE having 3 HDD's total)? I'm assuming you can, but I'd rather know for sure before spending money on one and finding I cant use it.

Any help would be greatly appreciated

Edited by Doominator25, 05 May 2007 - 06:44 AM.

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Posted 05 May 2007 - 06:46 AM

Yes, it works fine. I am doing at this very moment.
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Posted 05 May 2007 - 06:47 AM

excellent, thanks for the fast reply!

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Posted 05 May 2007 - 07:23 AM

Yes, I have a system like this also. The major issue that I found was, when installing the SATA drives, that Windows prefers the IDE drives and continues to boot from them even if the SATA is a faster drive.

In that case, I'd suggest removing the IDE drives and installing the SATA. Then install Windows. After Windows is setup, add the IDE drives back in and remove the boot sectors on them.
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Posted 11 May 2007 - 02:58 PM

Another suggestion:

If the SATA and IDE drives are Seagates, you can install the SATA without reinstalling Windows - Seagate has a very good utility called DISK WIZARD, which allows you to format your new drive, and then create it as your boot drive (i.e. your "C:\" drive) as well as all your other applications AND the windows registry component, without removing any other drives.

Thus, you will boot from your new drive with no problems, provided that you set up your bios to boot from the SATA drive.

This utility worked for me when I had a MAXTOR 40GB drive as my boot drive and converted to SATA 250 GB Seagate. :thumbsup:

Unfortunately I don't have the url for the disk wizard utility, but you will find it on the Seagate website,



Edited by Kevin384, 11 May 2007 - 03:03 PM.

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