Combining Storage space.

By Forge ยท 10 replies
Feb 26, 2005
  1. Are you able to use two SATA HDDs without using RAID? I mean. Example If I have a 40GB HDD that I want to use as the Boot disk and a 160 BG that I want to use as just storage for programs games and Download things, would I just plug them into the SATA Ports and attach the power cables.... Or would I need some sort of card or something?
  2. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    disable raid
    I don't think sata's have master /slave jumpers
    you may have to go in on boot and config there
    when my server boots up I get a prompt to config my scsi's
    I don't use sata drives so
  3. ripken204

    ripken204 TS Rookie Posts: 139

    ya could sum1 plz explain more b/c i was wondering the same thing
  4. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    you just need to set the SATA mode to IDE (not Raid) first
    I guess I'm going to have to buy a coupl'a sata's and play with them
  5. ripken204

    ripken204 TS Rookie Posts: 139

    so in IDE mode the 2 hard drives wuld just act normal and none would lose any memory or anything, what exactly is the difference between IDE and RAID?
  6. tom_pearson

    tom_pearson TS Rookie Posts: 47

    RAID is a way of creating one big fast hard drive out of multiple arrays of disks. (Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks). IDE is the most common setup for disks where each disk is seperate (in general).
  7. ripken204

    ripken204 TS Rookie Posts: 139

    k thx for clearing up raid for me but for ide are u just saying that if u have 2 hdd's that they will be separate, so that wen u go into my computer u can select either of the 2, and then for raid u will only see one?
  8. Forge

    Forge TS Rookie Topic Starter

    How do you hook up 2 SATA HDDs (say 120GB and a 160) so that You have the combined space of both drives (120GB + 160GB = 280GB)? Is that IDE mode? if so how do you implement IDE mode for SATA HDDs?
  9. ripken204

    ripken204 TS Rookie Posts: 139

    ya, thats what i want to know and i think now that all u have to do is go into the bios and set them both to ide and make 1 maser and 1 slave, plz correct me if im wrong.
  10. tom_pearson

    tom_pearson TS Rookie Posts: 47

    you will need to set them as RAID. Bare in mind there are different types of RAID depending on how you want the data to be spread. (It's best to use google to read into this in depth) Your motherboard should by default use RAID when using SATA disks (thats from my experience anyway).

    If you have disks set up as IDE then you (e.g. 120GB and 160GB) you will see them as that in your OS as C:\ and D:\. Whereas with RAID you can have just C:\ as a combined size plus various other arrangements.
  11. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Can Anyone Explain RAID?
    Your answers lie there.

    Yes, if you set up 2 drives as IDE they will show up in Windows as 2 seperate drives.
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