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Setting HD's

By jityan69
Mar 10, 2007
  1. Hi,
    I have been wondering, i really don't know how the SATA works, i have my sata and my old IDE HD

    I installed manually the cables as IDE and it is a pretty old ones

    It has 9 pins
    and i wanna set the IDE as the secondary. Whenever i just put to check the Bios, it appears that my IDE goes primarly and my Sata goes Secondary. I don't have pins in this IDE, but only ONe as the following Picture:


    I really really wish to make the IDE HD as secondary and the SATA as rimary, both stores information and my stuffs i need.

    Thanks for the advancing responses
  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    SATA does not have master or slave settings.
    Set your IDE as master.
    I don't recommend mixing these types of drives and I have presented my arguments before on techspot. Others will diasgree.
    Ensure you have your SATA drivers.
  3. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    well I am not going to argue, but u should be able to go into the BIOS and select what windows will boot from, it may take a few minutes, but just go into the BIOS, select which u would like to boot to, read the instruction on the side of the screen and start to mess with it if u stay in there working with it for a while u will figure it out, also this can be selected when installing windows by where u put windows.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,432   +801

    sata + ide is a maybe yes, maybe no proposition -- depending upon your mobo.

    Most modern motherboards are equipped with connectivity for 2 sata drives and the
    usual IDE complement of room for 4 ide devices. Therefore most people can run 6 devices
    note that each sata connector MUST NOT be shared.
    You may only connect 0 - 2 sata devices and 0 - 4 IDE devices.
    If you need more devices you can add more device controllers in a PCI slot and
    you can add data storage devices as USB devices.

    If you get crazy don't forget to upgrade your power supply.
    There are two things to keep in mind, do not overload your power supply or
    strange difficult problems will begin to occur and make the correct BIOS settings for
    your data storage device complement.
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