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Use ata with sata drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by senior geek, Jan 20, 2007.

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  1. senior geek

    senior geek Thread Starter

    Jan 17, 2007
    I am running a system with windows installed on a SATA hd, I have and older ATA hd drive that I would like to install as a backup drive. Do I set the ATA drive jumpers as slave or is there a different way to configure this.


    senior geek
  2. telegramsam


    Jul 7, 2006
    Use an 80 wire IDE cable and set it to cable select. Otherwise, it would be a master on that channel if there's nothing else on that channel.

    Look at your opticals too.
  3. bigbear


    Apr 27, 2004
    It depends how old the drive is, make it id on the end of the ribbon and set to master.
    Also make sure PATA or IDE is enabled in bios, on newer boards ide is sometimes disabled by default
  4. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    The PATA and SATA drives are on separate controllers, so you can normally set the PATA drive to CS and stick it on either connector of the 80 conductor IDE cable. Put it on the end if you don't have another IDE device on the cable.
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