Can PATA & SATA HDDs live together in harmony?

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Stez

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I have an Intel D865GLC motherboard (P4 3.0) that supports both PATA and
SATA. My existing hard drive is a Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 120GB Ultra
ATA/100. I am considering buying a Western Digital WD3200JB/PB as a second
hard drive. Can I use both the EIDE and a Serial ATA hard drive together
on this system? Should the SATA HD be the primary drive? Can further SATA
drives be added later?

Cheers........... Stez
 
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Both types of drives can be used and personally I would make the SATA your boot drive. If there are more SATA connectors, and these days I'm sure that there are, you can add a SATA drive in the future.
 
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Yes they can be used together, just make sure to load the SATA drivers before you install windows if you are going to use the SATA as the boot drive.
 

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I have two SATA drives in a RAID-0 array here as my boot drive, and two drive drawers for IDE drives. I always have a backup drive in one of them, and the other is for testing and data transfer.
 
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