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using SATA drives with IDE drive

by Guym142 / October 26, 2012 8:46 PM PDT

I have 2 Sata drives in my PC and i'd like to connect anther IDE drive, should I do something before connecting besides configure it to 'slave'?

and BTW,
Can I use 2 different SATA's for 2 opperating systems?
will it work as a dual boot or should I install 2 OS on 1 Sata.

And what does it mean to use a drive for data only?
does it mean anything besides an OS?

Thx Happy
And sorry if my questions are too dumb im new to this.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 26, 2012 11:49 PM PDT

No to the first question. An IDE channel has 2 devices, master and slave. SATA is a "home run" without that so there is no such setting and what you do on the IDE channel is up to you but I would never set it to slave alone on the IDE channel.

1. YOU determine this. Certainly it's not a hardware or OS issue.
2. Again, this is mostly determined by you and your skills.

3. It means exactly that and is a FALSE or phantom security. It does not mean you can avoid backup because you are installing the OS to your other drives. Folk seem to latch onto the data only drive idea and it appears must learn the lesson first hand. If you don't backup, your choice.

4. YOUR CHOICE again.

These are not dumb questions but most are answered by your choices.

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by Willy / October 27, 2012 5:06 AM PDT

The only reason you have IDE present in your PC is due to legacy for older CD drives. Yeah, you could use it for a HD, but then it wasn't intended that way. Then you want to make dual OSes via SATA, maybe. You seem to want to complicate this and that's NOT always going to work. It may or may not, and no full details. Heck, do what you want and learn what works and what doesn't. As for slave IDE-HD, nope. If HD is only device on IDE channel, then master, so I suppose there is a CD drive.

tada -----Willy Happy

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RE: I have 2 Sata drives in my PC and i'd like to connect
by VAPCMD / October 27, 2012 9:59 AM PDT

another IDE drive, should I do something before connecting besides configure it to 'slave'?...If you have an 80-wire, 40-pin IDE cable....then you can jumper the IDE HDD as cable select (CS). Using CS allows drive placement on the cable place to determine whether an IDE is seen by the system as Master (end of cable) or Slave (middle of cable). The good thing is, cabled as CS, the status can be changed by switching/connecting the drive to the other connector.

Let us know how it works out.


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