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Question about adding a hard drive to a SATA box.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by algae, Apr 16, 2005.

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  1. algae

    algae Thread Starter

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    I have a SATA Hd in one of my computers. It's the only one in that particular pc. I have a spare IDE hd that I would like to add. Are there any "issues" I should be aware of in doing this, given that none of the IDE channels are presently in use? Do I set it as master or slave, etc....

    Tia for any info.
    Gary
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    I'd use an 80 conductor cable and set the drive to CS (Cable Select). You will also probably have to adjust the BIOS settings to force the boot from the SATA drive.
     
  3. thetruetman

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    I've done the same thing. Had some problems at first, but it was because of a BIOS setting I had wrong. Works great if you have spare IDE H/D's lying around, or using as a backup.
     
  4. algae

    algae Thread Starter

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    Well I added the IDE hdd. I moved the DVD burner as a secondary master and put this one on as primary master and it seems to work fine.
    It still boots fine from the SATA drive.
    Thanks again for your help.


    Gary
     
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