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sata port clarity

by heteri / September 28, 2007 7:31 AM PDT

I have been searching around the internet to find out how motherboards with sata works compared to ide but not real definitive answer. This what i want to know Ide uses master and slave settings but does sata work the same way? I ask because i have 2sata hard drives,1 sata dvd burner and 1 ide burners. Does it matter what ports i plug into 0,1,2,3? Can anyone help me understand or what to do?

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There is no M or S for's primary or secondary.
by VAPCMD / September 28, 2007 8:41 AM PDT
In reply to: sata port clarity

One cable per drive, no jumpers except to set the mode for SATA 1.5 or 3.0.

I'd connect the bootable HDD to SATA 0 and the other SATA HDD to 1.
SATA DVD to 3 and the IDE drive to primary IDE....using CS if you have an 80-wire, 40 pin cable.


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Will try it
by heteri / September 28, 2007 10:54 AM PDT

ok, i will try it right now but why cable select i thought about that but i was not sure so i left it alone

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Cable select is preferable to me
by VAPCMD / September 28, 2007 11:10 AM PDT
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because I can make the drive a Master or a Slave by changing it from the end connector of the cable to the middle connector of the cable or adding another drive jumpered CS without changing the jumpering on the first drive. Just need to make sure you use the 80-wire, 40 pin IDE cable. Before SATA...Dell used CS exclusively.


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changed it
by heteri / September 28, 2007 11:17 AM PDT

Ok, i did what you said and now it reads that both hard drives are master and the dvd drive is slave is this how it is suposed to look in my bios?

I will say that since it changed the ide to cs it is booting up faster

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Also .........
by heteri / September 28, 2007 11:24 AM PDT
In reply to: changed it

Also i will note that when i had hdd2 on port 3 it read as slave and the dvd drive had on port2 read as master.

just wanted you to have all info.

do i do back to this setting or stay or does it really matter?

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Place the bootable HDD (HDD with OS) on SATA 0
by VAPCMD / September 28, 2007 12:06 PM PDT
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It should show as FIRST SATA MASTER in the BIOS

Once that's recognized properly..add 2nd SATA HDD at SATA connector 1

Once that's recognized properly add . . SATA DVD at SATA connector 2

Leave the IDE as is if reporting and working properly. you have on OS on the HDD at SATA 0 ?

Don't forget to set the BOOT SEQUENCE as desired.


PS: My MB BIOS is showing all my SATA drives (HDDs) as FIRST SATA MASTER, SECOND SATA MASTER, etc,. and they're both 200GB Seagates.

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dual boot
by heteri / September 28, 2007 12:33 PM PDT

my bios are set to auto detect

my bios only read everything as ide .

I have xp on sata hdd 200gig and vista on the other sata hdd 80 gig.

ide burner is on channel 0 in which the book says is the default.

Sata hard drives are reading at channel 2 one master and one slave.

The sata dvd burner installed today is channel 3 and master.

I did manage to figure out that ports 0 and 2 are the master and ports 1 and 3 are slave

I hope i gave you all the info needed. Thanks for your help this far.
I am new to this.

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