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which is primary/slave drive?


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diop

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hi,

Just did an upgrade.

I have :

40 GB Hard drive (the old one)
80 GB SATA Hard drive (just bought)

Now I'm thinking to dump the old one and install XP on the new one. I'll just set it to first boot (the new drive) and then install XP the usual way.

BUT I'm not really sure which is the PRIMARY drive and the SLAVE drive of the two. How do I know that? Any pictures for reference?

Thanks alot.
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SATA drives do not use Master/Slave configurations. You can only plug one SATA drive into a SATA port as opposed to an IDE/PATA drive that you can plug two into, hence why one has to be Master and the other Slave. This methodology does not apply to SATA drives.
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...so you will then need to configure the drives in the BIOS as to which one you wish to use to boot. Pretty much you can change the options for "boot order priority" and this will get everything running for you nicely :)
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Got it guys.
Thanks alot!
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