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Quick HD Question..

By Breadfan211
Aug 27, 2007
  1. I have a new HD that was given to me as a gift..It's a IDE HD and my PC is built with a SATA HD. What steps should I take to add the IDE HD to my system? I have cables of all sorts. Just want to check my thoughts with others.. Thanks.
     
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    Make sure the BIOS is set to boot off the sata drive before any ide drives. Then just plug it in, your motherboard likely still has 1 place to plug in an IDE drive, probably the CD/DVD. I'd set the CD DVD drive to Slave and set the hard drive to Master, but it really doesn't matter so long as one is Master and the other is Slave. You 'can' use Cable Select (CS) but I don't like to recommend that way.

    If you don't have any IDE controllers on the motherboard you can buy an IDE controller card to go in a free PCI slot.

    If you don't have any free PCI slots you can buy an external enclosure and toss the drive in there and connect through USB or Firewire.
     
  3. Breadfan211

    Breadfan211 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Good deal, Similar to my thoughts. Thanks
     
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