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AsusA8N-SLI Deluxe MotherBoard and HDD

I am buying an Asus A8N-SLI Motherboard. The MB says it supports 4x SATA2, sx ATA-133, 4x SATA RAID 0/0+1

I am also getting a 200GB Maxtor SATA HDD with it. I wanted to use my older ATA-133 Drives since it will support them (according to the specs). So I just have a couple questions.

Are there any disadvantages to using the older disk drives with the MB? They will be used for backups and for storing music (but not for program files or my OS).

Will I still be able to use a DVD RW and DVD reader drive if I use 2 ATA drives on that controller as well?


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If you are going to put Win XP on the SATA drive, as the boot drive, be sure to read how to install the SATA drivers on during the XP install [using the F6 button]. It varies slightly mfr to mfr.

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You can convert your Old IDE Hard Drive to...

a SATA drive using an adapter, see link below:

You will need to set the jumper on the Hard Drive to a Slave on the Second Drive (Old Hard Drive) and connect it to the SATA Slave port.
Note: You may have to set up a RAID configuration or make a change in the Bios program for the drive to work correctly.
Also you may want to E-mail ASUS about the best way to install the drive. Link below has ASUS support:

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