sata/ide drive combination

Asus /
October 28, 2009 at 08:39:43
Specs: Windows XP Pro SP2
Hi, sorry if I sound stupid but this is really a side question on the sata/ 2 ide drives question. I have a sata drive with win XP and, when I tried to install an ide drive, the PC kept trying to boot from that instead of the sata drive. I went into the BIOS and found that it did not now list the sata drive in the boot options. When I removed the ide drive and went back to BIOS, the sata drive was back again listed in the options. How can I use my ide drive as storage while still booting from the sata drive. Thanks in advance for any advice

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October 28, 2009 at 09:49:41
Some of the older systems only supported IDE or SATA but not both. I found this in some of my Dell Computers. You may have to get a SATA PCI card to add to your computer. These Cards have their own built in BIOS which will take over the boot functions on POST. They are only about $25 and will save you from buying a new system or Flashing the BIOS.

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November 8, 2009 at 01:25:37
Hi again. I have now found out that the MB does recognise both sata and ide drives but didn't realise that the boot sequence only displays 1 drive (what it calls drive number 1). The BIOS has a second menu when more drives are added and you have to go into this first to tell it which you want to be drive 1. Then this will show up in the boot order menu. Sorry if I have been stupid but I thought I would tell anyone this who has also had the same problem. Thanks for all the advice though

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