Installing six Harddrives

May 9, 2009 at 08:36:49
Specs: Windows XP
Simple question is How to install six hard drive with one being the master drive with Windows, other five for file saving

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May 9, 2009 at 08:49:39
Why would you need 6 HDDs?

You didn't state the type, SATA or PATA, or which type is supported by your board. Many newer boards can support that many HDDs but you may have to install a PCI controller card.

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May 9, 2009 at 09:17:25
I have 1 SATA my PC Recognize all the harddrive, just does not determines the Master, I think it may be the jumpers?? I hard these many drive for work

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May 9, 2009 at 09:26:23
There is no such thing as Master/slave with SATA drives. There are no Master/slave jumpers on a SATA drive. If they were PATA drives you would have three Masters and three slave drives.

Master is a hardware configuration, nothing to do with Windows. Windows can boot from a Master or a slave drive, all it needs is a primary partition..

If you had six SATA drives one would be designated as the boot drive and that would be it.


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May 9, 2009 at 15:25:30
You need to set the boot order in bios so that the one that has the operating system is first.
It may pay you to mark the drive with a marker as well with so many you may forget which is which if need to disconnect at any time.

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May 9, 2009 at 15:41:59
As was stated above you need to set the boot order. Best to disconnect all but the one you want to use as the OS drive. Install Windows and then connect the rest of them. Go to Disk Management and partition and format from there. You can also lable the drives in Disk Management. If some or all are identical you should digitally and physically label them. You can determine which is which by only connecting one at a time.

As far as Master/Slave goes there may be a listing in the BIOS like that but as was stated SATA drives are all independent.

The SATA controller, however, some control 2 drives for each controller. That is where you can get confused.

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