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I am building a system with IDE & Sata HDD's. I want to install the OS on
the IDE. Would I be better to install the IDE drive & OS first and add the
Sata after everything is up and running? I'm wondering if XP will pick up
the Sata on it's own without sata drivers being installed. Another thought.
Could I hit F6 when XP asks and install the sata driver with both disks
installed, then pick the drive to install the OS to? One is WD and the other
is Seagate so I should be able to tell the difference even though they are
both 160GB. Thanks.


Re: IDE/Sata

On Sat, 18 Oct 2008 20:34:07 -0400, "Rudy"

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It should work either way, but yes keeping the # of devices
as minimal as possible is simple, easiest.

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Depends on whether an emulation mode or a SCSI emulation.
Either way, you don't have to worry about it because by
installing to a PATA drive you will have windows running and
have ample opportunity to do whatever else might be needed.

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If the boot drive isn't SATA,  you don't need to do that.
You can if you like, but it's not necessary.

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