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Can you combine Sata and ATA hard drives?

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  1. t1zzee

    t1zzee Thread Starter

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    I had a Pentium III PC running Windows XP that I had installed a master hard drive which ran the operating system and programs, etc. and a larger slave drive that I have saved all of my data to for years. My PC recently broke down and a friend of mine gave me his Dell Dimension 4700 to use. Currently it has a Sata hard drive installed and connected to the primary ATA channel is a CD-RW and DVD-RW.
    I want to use the slave drive out of my old system and I am not sure how to connect it. Does it have to be connected to the primary channel or can I use the secondary? And do I jumper it as the master or the slave since it has that sata drive already running?
     
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    You can definitely use PATA and SATA together. SATA and PATA drives are independent of each other therefore the jumper settings for Master and Slave are not based off the SATA drive, same as PATA drives connected to another PATA port. Master/Slave jumper settings only apply to drives connected on the very same cable. So if the hard drive is connected by itself on an IDE cable it should be jumpered as Master(or Single or Cable Select). If its connected with another drive on the same cable then you need to jumper one as Master and one as Slave(or both as Cable Select). As to which is Master and which is slave, doesn't really matter in most cases although most people prefer to have the HDD jumpered as Master. Additionally, the boot order in the BIOS will determine which drive will be used to boot the system, so make sure after adding the PATA drive that not only is that PATA/IDE channel enabled in the BIOS but that the boot order still has the SATA drive as the primary hard drive for booting.
     
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    If it has a Primary and a Secondary IDE socket on the motherboard you can connect a cable to each socket and this cable can connect to either 1 or 2 IDE devices.
    So you could substitute your HDD for one of the present Optical drives or connect it on another cable to the Secondary socket.
    However you do it the jumper on the HDD must be set correctly and the boot drive checked in the Bios as Triple6 explained.
     
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    Thank you
     
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