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mixing SATA and IDE harddrive


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mrq201

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First of all, are IDE and ata Harddrives the same ( just for my general knowledge.

To the point.. i have a computer, its not a brand name or anything.. i had it built. Now something I did not know is that it had a SATA harddrive already installed (250GB). I have a regular IDE hard drive(80GB).

The only IDE slot im seeing on the motherboard connects to my DVDRW, set to master.

I was wondering if i could use that IDE cable and connect the IDE 80 gig harddrive as a slave. Would it work, or am i just out of luck??
I realllllly want to add this harddrive to the computer.
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ya as long has you have one on master an the other on slave i will work fine.

I have a custom built comp and have 2 hard drives, one sata and the other IDE, i had to get a sata cd drive cause the way my case is the drive are too far away for the ide cable to reach.
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yeah its working.. i took a chance and was happy to find out it worked without issue. Ok i have another question... the 80 gig IDE harddrive was not a formatted one. It was set up as a master in another CPU and I had different user accounts and one main account that was password protected. Is there anyway for me to access the password protected account without reformatting? If i need to be clearer, I will.
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if your usin win xp pro, just turn simple file sharing off (so you get sharing & security) go to the folder of which that account resides and take ownership of the folder. after you take ownership give your self full read + write access if the OS hasn't done so already. Then you should be good to go.

Note: On the bottom of the take owner ship dialog box make sure you check the box (apply to all sub folders, files, subfiles etc...)

Edited by amw_drizz, 31 December 2008 - 08:37 AM.

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