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Can I Combine Ide/sata In One System?


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so my computers getting to be a bit of a dinosaur and both my hard drives are all full once again, both IDE drives.

now i've got a sata drive i want to put in it for additional storage, is this possible?

my mobo supports both IDE and SATA.

i want to leave my other hard drives alone, i dont want to change the boot drive or anything like that. i simply want to use the sata drive as storage. can it be done? my bios has a variety of settings regarding ide and sata stuff but i dont know exactly what i'm doing there. help?

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what brand HDD and what OS are you running?

if your running XP and you have/are going to buy a Weatern Digital HDD . you'll need to download their partition alignment tool before you put any data onto the new HDD.

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na its win 7. the drive starts up but then doesn't register and turns off again within about 10-15 seconds looks like its a crook drive. cheers for the help

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depending on the mobo, chipset etc - it wont be possible.

I've seen weird shit happen on older gen mobo's with IDE and SATA connected @ the same time.

Given price of a 1TB SATA drive (under $100), its easier just to buy one than deal with the issues sometimes.

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na its win 7. the drive starts up but then doesn't register and turns off again within about 10-15 seconds looks like its a crook drive. cheers for the help

taken from PCCG

**Please note: Windows XP users will need to download this free utility before using this drive due to the use of Advanced Format technology. Not required for Vista and Windows 7 users.

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depending on the mobo, chipset etc - it wont be possible.

I've seen weird shit happen on older gen mobo's with IDE and SATA connected @ the same time.

Given price of a 1TB SATA drive (under $100), its easier just to buy one than deal with the issues sometimes.

+1

I had an old ECS 865 mobo (socket 478 for Pentium 4 with 2 IDE connectors & 2 SATAs) which would not boot up properly to my OS from my PATA drive (OS drive) when I had the 2 SATA HDDs connected. Did a reformat & installed my OS to one of the SATA, while still keeping the PATA HDD & it was all back to normal again... strange

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