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SATA hard drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Dreddnaut, Jun 22, 2008.

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  1. Dreddnaut

    Dreddnaut Thread Starter

    Feb 1, 2005
    I'm hoping this question is a simple one.

    I just bought my first motherboard that supports SATA hard drives. I'm currently using IDE hard drives but would like to get a new SATA drive. Eventually, I would like to use the IDE drive as a 2nd drive with the new one as the C: drive. Now, I understand the concept of master/slave 0 and master/slave 1 using the IDE cables. What will I need to do to make the SATA drive the C: drive and the IDE drive as the D: drive? I hope my question is clear.

    Thanks for any help.
  2. jamesx121


    Apr 22, 2008
    I know one way to do it but your IDE drive would be "E" instead of "D"---

    I have SATA drives in my computer--both harddrive and optical DVD burner--
    with SATA drives there are no case select or master and slave--
    each SATA drive hooks up to the motherboard individually--
    so you can hook as many SATA drives as you have SATA data headers--
    I have 4 on my motherboard.

    but any way- when you buy your SATA hardrive --only install this SATA harddrive--
    then clean install windows on to this SATA harddrive--
    then once you have your computer up and running and everything checks out okay
    then go back and install the IDE harddrive and set it to cable select---
    the bios should recognize the second harddrive and windows will give it a drive letter
    of "E"--
    this should work-- I don't think you would have to jump it for slave--so if windows
    doesnt like the second hardrive jumped as "CS" then leave it with no jumper
    and see what happens.

    but I think if you had both the SATA harddrive and the IDE harddrive installed at the
    same time when you installed windows then windows would want to install on the
    IDE drive natively.

    so just use the SATA drive when you install windows--then install the 2nd IDE harddrive after your computer is running okay

    does your new motherboard have 2 IDE headers or just 1??
    on my set up your IDE DVD burner would be letter "D"
    if you have 2 IDE headers then you could use 2 IDE ribbons--one for the DVD burner and one for the 2nd IDE hardrive--

    if you have at least 2 SATA data headers on your motherboard then I would suggest buying a SATA DVD burner when you
    buy your SATA harddrive.
    this would keep your set up problems to a minimum

    ohh- I forgot to ask --are you using Vista???
    you don't have to install SATA drivers when you install Vista--they are already on the Vista disk--
    I don't use a Raid set up.
  3. jamesx121


    Apr 22, 2008
    on www.newegg.com and www.tigerdirect.com SATA DVD burners are any where
    from 19.99 to 49.99
    and if you want Blue-Ray---
    there are around 299.99

    if you have a tall case the SATA data cables that come in the box will be too short--
    I had to buy a 36inch cable for my DVD burner to reach--

    P.S. does your PSU already come with SATA power connections ???
    if not you can buy adapters.

    you didn't say what PSU you have--good ones now come with SATA power
    connections standard
  4. Dreddnaut

    Dreddnaut Thread Starter

    Feb 1, 2005
    Thank you so much for the suggestions. I have ordered a SATA drive and am looking forward to getting it going. Is the speed difference noticeable from IDE to SATA? I don't know anyone that has made the change.

    My motherboard has 2 SATA connectors and I'm using XP Home.

    I'll post with my results.
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