Solved: Using Sata Ide hard drives togher a few questions

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adohrn

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Using windows xp home service pack 2. Mother board is a gigabyte GA-K8nsc-939 with sata connectors. Currently using the maxtor 500gb sata II drive as master with windows xp on it. Have jumpered the 120 gig western digital ide drive as a slave and using it for storage. Everything seems to be working.

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1 Does the ide drive need to be jumpered as slave?
2 For some reason I have plugged the ide drive into the end of the cable which is where you would normally put the master is this ok?
3 Will using an older and slower drive (the 120 gig ide which is 66 or 100) slow the system? From what I remember if you had 2 ide drives in a system it would run at the speed of the slower drive.

Thanks for any help. Together to bad I can't edit titles.
 
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Welcome to TSG!

If it's the only IDE drive in the system, it should be jumpered as Single, or Master with no slave.

The IDE and SATA controllers are separate, so using a slow IDE drive will not slow access to the SATA drive. Mixing different speed IDE drives on the same controller should also have no affect, each drive should be accessed at it's "native speed" (up to the fastest speed of the controller, of course).

Jerry
 

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Thanks for the help. Will rejumper the drive. I'am also glad to hear I can use the ide without slowing system.
 
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