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Can SATA Optical Drives "Run as IDE"?

By captaincranky ยท 4 replies
Aug 29, 2009
  1. As most of you know, SATA HDDs can be run in IDE emulation mode. Will the same thing hold true of SATA optical drives?

    Here's a possible situation; a computer has been configured with no SATA drivers. The HDDs are set to "run as IDE".

    Suppose someone wanted to add a Blu-Ray drive, all of which are SATA.

    Would this require a reinstall of the OS with SATA drivers, or would the BIOS compensate and enable the drive to function correctly as an IDE unit?
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    I think you still have to have SATA capability on a motherboard. I have 2 SATA hard drives and 2 SATA Optical drives... In the bios, the SATA controller is set to IDE
     
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Topic Starter Posts: 12,267   +2,178

    Fair enough, thanks much.
     
  4. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    CaptainCranky, don't you mean,
    "Qui est futurus indignant, Ego vos salutant" ?
     
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Topic Starter Posts: 12,267   +2,178

    Perhaps I Should Have Said, "Will a SATA Optical Drive Be Offended Running as IDE?

    For you actually, yes, :D :rolleyes: ;) :haha: :wave:

    There are some emoticons for you to ignore, and I mean all of them, from the very, very, bottom of my Emachine's cold black heart. :haha:

    Salutans, amigo mio!

    (Meanwhile I'll try to avoid malware, that way I'll save you the trouble of typing that I need a new motherboard).
     
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