Installing an IDE drive as a slave with SATA as master

By johnmitch38
Aug 7, 2007
  1. I have a Maxtor SATA drive as my master drive and i'm wanting to install a secondary Seagate Barracuda (IDE) as a slave.

    I don't have a jumper on the IDE drive as this is the slave setting.

    However, i don't have a jumper on the SATA drive either (don't know if i need
    one or not to set it as primary)

    I installed the HDD's and booted up but it recognised the Seagate on the IDE channel as the primary master.

    Any help would be appreciated greatly...
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    No you don't do it that way. SATA drives don't have master slave.

    Put the IDE as master, put the SATA in as normal. Check your BIOS and set it up so it boots from your SATA.

    If you did look in your BIOS you may have gotten thrown off a bit because you can 'emulate' IDE with SATA to prevent needing to install SATA drivers for XP, but only on some motherboards.

    Basically forget all you know about IDE master slave bs when dealing with SATA, and look in your bios to set that SATA drive as the boot drive (after cd or floppy if you like).
  3. johnmitch38

    johnmitch38 TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 19

    cheers mate, im sorted now..
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