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IDE Channel 2/3/4/5

by jimpghpa / June 23, 2007 11:27 AM PDT

Just curious
I have an MSI PM8M-V MB and I was looking at the bios and there is the typical
IDE channel 0 master
IDE channel 0 slave
IDE channel 1 master
IDE channel 1 slave

then there is also
IDE channel 2 master
IDE channel 3 master
IDE channel 4 master
IDE channel 5 master

wondered what these are for
there are only 2 ide sockets on the board supporting 4 ide devices
what is the purpose of 2/3/4/5 and what can they be used for? just curious.........

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Those are the SATA channels.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 23, 2007 12:05 PM PDT
In reply to: IDE Channel 2/3/4/5

To help ease driver implementation some BIOS will report SATA channels as you noted.


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by jimpghpa / June 23, 2007 10:18 PM PDT

oh ok thanks
gee wonder why they don't call then sata 1 2 3 4
calling then ide seems very misleading
but what do i know

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 24, 2007 3:26 AM PDT
In reply to: sata

It could make installing an os or drivers harder. There are numerous other areas that will make you ask such a question but almost always it comes back to legacy or expediency reasons.


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