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Can PATA & SATA HDDs live together in harmony?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Stez, Feb 7, 2005.

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  1. Stez

    Stez Thread Starter

    Feb 7, 2005
    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
  2. norton850


    Mar 8, 2004
    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.
  3. Jack Horner

    Jack Horner

    Jan 16, 2004
    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.
  4. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    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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