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Hard drive SATA / PATA mix up?

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I have just added an old PATA/IDE HDD to my computer for backup storage space. It all seems to be running fine but when i got to device manager > 'Disc Drives' and click on 'properties' for each individual HDD it displays the added old PATA HDD Location as: 'Location 1 (Secondary ATA Channel)' and my SATA HDD with my OS etc as 'Location 0 (Primary ATA Channel)'

I also have 2 identical additionl HDDs both SATA connected, and it displays one as PATA and the other as SATA?

So I have 3 SATA connected, only one shows SATA and two PATA... and one PATA connected showing SATA!

(Hope this is not too draining to read thru!!)

Any ideas? Am i getting propper SATA speed from my primary OS HDD?


Edited by Danstar10, 27 August 2009 - 04:41 PM.

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Neil Jones

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This is normal behaviour, a lot comes down to the chipset on the board. Some cause Device Manager to label everything as simply ATA, which is still technically correct as the drives are SATA and PATA.

Providing everything's recognised, it'll be fine.
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