can 1st hd ide and 2nd hd ata is combine?

February 27, 2011 at 04:39:14
Specs: Windows XP
my 1st hd is wd 80gb with ide, i want to use my 2nd hd seagate 40gb with ata. can they combine?
is that any problem with that?

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#1
February 27, 2011 at 04:57:32
What do you mean "Can they combine" ?
Are you asking about making a single volume spanning the two drives? If so that is called RAID 0 and it depends on whether your motherboard supports RAID.

Even if it does I would not recommend you do so. RAID 0 has been the downfall of many because eventually all drives fail and in a spanned volume if either disk develops a problem you lose all data from both drives.

You can use both drives in the one machine but use them separately.

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#2
February 27, 2011 at 07:57:19
You can make the two disks use one drive letter by making them a dynamic disk. Look at the link below for more on that topic.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/lib...

I do not see any advantage to you doing that. The primary purpose of a dynamic disk/array is so the same path can be used while expanding the capacity of the drive letter in use.

In your case you can just change the path of where you want to install or store stuff. No need to combine them. There are disadvantages. If either physical drive fails, all the data is at risk.



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#3
February 27, 2011 at 10:08:41
In XP they introduced a way to add a drive to a folder. If you want you make your second drive some folder under C:\

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#4
February 27, 2011 at 10:16:15
my 1st hd is wd 80gb with ide, i want to use my 2nd hd seagate 40gb with ata. can they combine?
is that any problem with that?

Just your your information, both the hard disks are IDE and both almost certainly ATA. If one was SATA you would know about it.

ATA and IDE are two different specifications with totally different meanings but the two are often erroneously interchanged, even by retailers who should know better.

Stuart


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