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Mixing SATA with IDE hard drives?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by belveder, Dec 6, 2005.

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  1. belveder

    belveder Thread Starter

    Feb 16, 2003
    I am running two SATA hard drives (not in RAID) and have a spare IDE hard drive sitting around, was thinking of using it but I am unsure if it will affect the speed or anything of the SATA drives?

    My computer needs a format so would it be better when I format to install the OS on the IDE or the SATA?

    Any advice will be appreciated
  2. AvvY


    Oct 8, 2004
    You can easily mix ATA (IDE) and SATA hdd's.

    It would be best to have the OS installed on the SATA as it is the faster HDD.

    I currently have my OS on an 80GB ATA(IDE) and my storage on a SATA, but that's for my own reasoning. Best to make the most ofthe speed of the SATA drive. Just make sure when installing Windows that you WILL need to have the motherboards sata drivers on a floppy disc.
  3. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    It won't affect the speed at all. I have a SATA RAID-0 array, and a couple of IDE drives in drive drawers on this system.
  4. crjdriver

    crjdriver Moderator

    Jan 2, 2001
    Most of the time this is true, however if you have a board with an intel sata controller, then no driver is necessary. XP has native drivers for intel sata controllers; all others via, nvidia, sil, highpoint, etc must have a driver loaded.

    One thing I have done [since I build mostly with nvidia boards or highpoint controllers] is to make install disks with the sata or raid drivers already integrated in the disk. This saves time and no floppy drive needs to be installed in the system.
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