Changing hard drive IDE channels

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December 9, 2009 at 18:57:36
Specs: Windows 7
I have this SATA hard drive on IDE Channel 1 as a master, and I want to switch it over to IDE Channel 0 master. How would I do this? (I have a GA-MA770T-UD3P if that matters)

Yes, I have tried plugging it into each SATA plug on my mobo, but channel 1 is the closest it'll get.


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#1
December 9, 2009 at 20:25:50
Why is it necessary to have that configuration? Your integrated IDE ATA controller is using the 0 designation.

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#2
December 9, 2009 at 21:21:56
I checked my BIOS and it says IDE Channel 0 Master is empty, so I don't think it's that. Unless I'm missing something...

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#3
December 10, 2009 at 07:20:52
It is reserved for IDE devices. Evidently you don't have any IDE devices installed.

I ask again, why do you care? The only reason the listiings are like they are is because BIOS setting change comes slow. Eventually there will be separate listings for SATA drvies. Right now most SATA devices are being run in an IDE compatibility mode. Eventually that will change.

FYI, all SATA devices are in essence Masters. The SATA controller has TWO ports. In order to label those two ports Master and Slave designations are used. Both run independently though at full speed and don't need to share the bandwidth.


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#4
December 10, 2009 at 15:06:13
I have a CD/DVD writer that's in Channel 0 Slave. How do I make it Channel 1 Slave, so it is on the same channel as my hard disk?

As for why I care, I am trying to install something that requires my hard disk and CD writer to be on the same channel.


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#5
December 10, 2009 at 15:20:46
You don't understand. SATA channels are all masters. IDE master and slave share controller bandwidth. Not so with SATA.

What program are you trying to install. Programs should not care where the drives are connected.

Is the CD/DVD writer an IDE type using the wide flat cable?


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#6
December 10, 2009 at 15:46:41
Yes, it uses a wide flat cable.

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#7
December 10, 2009 at 15:58:47
I asked more than one question. What program do you THINK requires the drive to be on the same channel? I am pretty sure that is not true.

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#8
December 10, 2009 at 16:11:02
OSX86

Any idea on how to make it IDE Channel 1?


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#9
December 10, 2009 at 16:28:22
I told you that can't be done. They are TWO different interfaces. The only way you can do that is to get an IDE ATA hard drive and connect it to the same cable as the CD drive.

You still didn't say what program requires that.


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