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SATA with PATA as Slave

by tsranch / April 5, 2005 11:39 PM PDT

80gb Western SATA (sata1)
40gb Western PATA (want to slave it)
MSI MTV6 MoBo (sata controller on board)
AMI Bios 2.0
512mb PC2700
AMD XP-2600+
DVD and CD-Burner on Secondary IDE, (M/S respectfully)
for a while the bios was reconizing the 40gb (slaved on primary ide) then not, then yes, now not. Should the 40gb be mastered on the primary ide? Tried to auto detect the 40 and user defined, same results. Also, anyone know about the converter chip/module that'll plug into PATA and convert the interface to SATA. It would be easier and use sata2.

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Improper setups tend to be unstable.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 6, 2005 12:10 AM PDT

Having a drive as slave on an IDE channel with no master is not "to the book" and may or may not work reliable. After many years of dealing with the PC, I've found that the best setups tend to be as close to plain and to spec as possible. What may work is one thing and "interesting" but not what I'd want to rely on.


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by tsranch / April 6, 2005 12:19 AM PDT

as have I, just never dealt with serial setup's and it's kinda weird having two ATA's IDEs as master. Especially when both Primaries will be fighting for Master.

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What for?
by Yew / April 6, 2005 12:16 AM PDT

You've got a SATA controller, so why not put the SATA drive on that, and make the other one the master?

If the motherboard has SATA onboard, chances are real good there's an option in the CMOS to let you boot from that drive if you want instead of the PATA drive. Then you don't have any issues with odd configurations that may or may not cause strange problems.

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by tsranch / April 6, 2005 6:59 AM PDT
In reply to: What for?

SATA is boot drive, bios enabled, PATA is on primary ide, both onboard enabled via bios. just having a hard time getting the bios to reconize the PATA consistently. MSI has a online update for the mobo and yes all VIA drivers, bios, etc. are up to date.

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Because you're setting it as a slave
by Yew / April 6, 2005 11:55 AM PDT
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As already explained, the problem is probably because you're trying to set it as a slave device on a controller with no master device. This is unnecessary, and if I were to interject my personal opinion, stupid.

The SATA drive should be on the SATA controller. Then make the PATA drive the master on the PATA controller. Since the two are completely different controllers, there won't be any conflicts, just like you don't have conflicts with optical drives set as master on the second PATA controller. I don't get why you're trying to make this more difficult than it need be.

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The rabbit hole is deeper than many suspect.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 6, 2005 11:59 AM PDT

Imagine the poor owner with a BIOS that is buggy. I've run into a few that will not boot from the device you selected in the BIOS, but usually I find out the motherboard maker has a new BIOS then and there or when you call it in, you hear that it will be released RSN.

Sometimes it's enough to switch to the dark side.


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by tsranch / April 6, 2005 12:18 PM PDT

you've just confirmed my thinking on reflection.

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