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Serial ATA and Parrallel ATA on same system?

By bLySs
Jul 17, 2006
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  1. Hi...

    I'm currently running a SATA hard disk system on my PC. I've recently scrapped my old PC but still want to keep the hard disks and the info on them. So what i was wondering is whether it is possible to run both types of hard disc on the same system.

    I should mention that i am using a PCI sata adapter. I've tried plugging it in, and setting the jumper settings to slave as well as playing around with the bios. But I can't seem to load the OS (from the sata HDD)... it always loads the older HD's first.

    I'm trying to connect this thing:
    http://www.samsung.com/Products/Har...HardDiskDrive_SpinPointVSeries_SV0602H_sp.htm

    Just wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction


    And if it's not possible... would these work?
    http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/74821
    http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/106527/rb/20473061262

    (anything on this page?):
    http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/cat/Hard-Drives/subcat/Caddies,-Coolers-&-Accessories

    I think i should be going for the 3'5" right?

    Or should it be the 2'5"?
    http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/106527/rb/20473061262


    Thanks in advance!!!
  2. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,177

    You can definitely mix the two types in one system. Are you sure the boot order is correct in your BIOS?
  3. bLySs

    bLySs TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Well if i don't have my old disks pugeed in everything loads fine. My sata is set as master... but since the motherboard doesn't have sata built in and i'm doing everything thru an additional controler, there isn't an option for me to set sata as primary. I think i'm doing evrything right and the problem is that the parallel drives are recognised first before the Sata controller is run.

    might just cheat and get one of the adapters above that i mentioned. Are they the right ones for me?
  4. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    In the BIOS it might not be labeled as SATA but offboard SCSI or something similar.
  5. bLySs

    bLySs TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Aight... dunno what happened.. but i jsut restarted my pc this evening and it seems to have recognised my old hard drives =)

    better copy everything while it's working hehe...
    cheers guys
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