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Simultaneously using SATA and IDE drives.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by WesternActor, Apr 12, 2004.

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  1. WesternActor

    WesternActor Thread Starter

    Apr 12, 2004
    I went over to someone's apartment over the weekend to help him set up his new computer, and ran into almost no problems with it. However, when I installed his old hard drive in his new computer, I noticed something I had actually never seen before: his new hard drive was not connected via IDE, but rather a different method I wasn't aware of, which I've now learned is serial ATA. The new hard drive in his computer was connected that way, and his DVD burner was connected via the secondary IDE and running with no problems. I was able to put his old DVD drive in the computer and hook it up as the slave also on the secondary IDE with no issues, but the new computer doesn't seem to find the new hard drive, which I connected on the primary IDE using the IDE cable from his old computer. I played around in the BIOS a bit, but nothing I did could seem to get the new hard drive recognized.

    Anyone have any ideas what the solution to this might be? I have a feeling it might be as simple as the jumpers on the old hard drive not being set right, since there was no diagram displaying what the settings are for master, slave, and so on, so it's possible I may have made the wrong choice. But if the secondary IDE is being used for the DVD drives and the primary hard drive is SATA, is there any reason I shouldn't be able to get the old hard drive recognized? And should the jumpers for the old hard drive be set as master, slave, or something else? And is there anything else I need to know? I'm normally very good with this type of thing, but I was just thrown off a bit by the SATA question, so I'd appreciate any help or suggestions anyone might have.


  2. Mr. PC Doc

    Mr. PC Doc

    Mar 15, 2004
    I would have the DVD and old HD on primary, and the DVD burner on secondary. Is the SATA connected correctly? If you don't know how the jumpers should be set, try looking in the manual if you have one. If you don't, try taking out the jumpers, and then booting.

    You may also want to flash your BIOS.
  3. slawless


    Jul 10, 2002
    Do you have a SCSI device listed? Often Windows will confuse SATA for a SCSI controller or drive. Another simple point, are the proper drivers loaded? Windows XP often does not have the proper drivers for SATA devices.

    Just a guess.

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