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Is it possible to slave a SATA Hard Drive with Vista installed on it to a PC with XP on it with out formatting it?
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There is no "Master" or "Slave" with SATA drives. Unlike EIDE devices which connect two to a cable and require the setting of a jumper to Master, Slave or cable select, SATA drives only connect one to a cable. So, IF your XP machine supports SATA drives, you can add that SATA as a secondary (not the same as Slave) drive, then access the files from there. If the XP machine does not support SATA, it will be necessary to buy and install some adapter - perhaps a PCI to SATA, or a USB to SATA adapter, or an enclosure.
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