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SATA & IDE Hard Drives


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Jsant

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I just bought a new DELL 4700 with an 80gb SATA hdd. There is not a secondary IDE controller on the MB to add an IDE HD. I have both a DVD drive and a DVD-+RW drive on the existing IDE controller. I bought an SATA/IDE converter and connected my 160gb IDE HDD to the secondary IDE connector. The system would not boot and would not recognize either drive. I went into the bios and enabled both the SATA drives and the IDE drives. I then switched the SATA cables and the sytem booted under the SATA hard drive. It still would not recognize the IDE HDD. I changed the jumpers to master before I did this. Any ideas on how I can get it to recognize the IDE HD.

Thanks, John
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you might wanna do some research on the computer- some computers can hold and recognize only a certain amount of space- have you tried puttting the the 160 to the master and 80 as the slave to test?
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I thought that the SATA was already a master and the instructions on the SATA/IDE converter told me to set the IDE drive to Master as well. I can try to set the SATA to slave and see what happens then, I guess.

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