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Sata vs ide

I have a IDE hard drive and a SATA hard drive. I want my SATA hd to be my primary drive and the IDE as storage. Does the SATA hd need a jumper? or the IDE? When I get to the bios screen it tells me to boot from a cd then when I boot from the XP pro CD it ask me which drive. I pick a drive then it looks like it is installing but then it restarts.

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SATA can only have one drive per channel so it does not need a jumper. Most SATA connections and such can been turned and modified on the BIOS screen. The BIOS may be where you can choose which one is the master or not. I know there are some computers that can have different types of drives. The SATA usually is the master(primary) and the PATA/IDE would be the secondary drives. You might have a problem with Transfer speed of the drive as well. I would see if you can drop the transfer rate to 1.5 Gb/s on the SATA. You computer may only support that and not SATA II 3.0 Gb/s. Hitachi has a great program to do that called Feature Tools, I am sure other hard drive manufactures have a way to do that on theirs too. I have only had to do it on Hitachi's for my self.

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Install the SATA drive in first and install your XP operating system on that one.

Then after thats all set up and running install the PATA drive.

Please let me know how you make out
thanks,

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