SATA and IDE conflict

May 25, 2009 at 20:02:16
Specs: Windows 7
I have an old PC with no CD/DVD/BluRay drive at all.
i transferred the old PC's HDD into my newer PC. The old PC runs off of IDE ONLY. My new one has SATA and IDE.
I want to install Win7 OR Vista on the Second HDD, with the SATA drive as my main. (And yes i have a SATA CD/DVD drive)

I have Win7 RC right now. i have tried re-formatting the HDD and doing a disk check. Both HDD's are seen in BIOS as "Automatic". The SATA is set to Master and the IDE set to Slave, i have tried switching it, making them both slave and both master, nothing has worked. The installers and sometime the "My Computer" window can't find it.

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May 25, 2009 at 20:14:28
You need to set the IDE to master. The SATA and IDE channels are independent of one another. Put the SATA settings back like they were when the drive worked right.

If you have WinXP on the SATA drive now then just boot into WinXP and you should be able to see the IDE drive either in My Computer or in Disk Management.

Insert the Windows 7 disk into your optical drive and run the setup for 7. Be sure to point the installation to the IDE drive.

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