Installing both SATA and IDE devices on the same motherboard requires either a motherboard with both types of controllers built into the card or a motherboard with one type of controller and an add-on controller card for the other type of controller. Set-up of the drives is basic once you have both the SATA and IDE connectors are in place. Most modern motherboards accommodate multiple SATA and IDE devices.
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Things you need
- PC with motherboard with both IDE and SATA controllers and connections
- IDE or SATA controller and controller if motherboard has only one type controller on-board
- IDE cable
- SATA cable
- Computer tool kit
Disconnect the PC from the power and open the PC case. Mount the IDE and SATA devices you want to connect in the rack inside the PC Case. You can attach more than one IDE or SATA device or type of device to each connection depending on the controller. See your motherboard manual.
Locate the IDE and SATA connectors on the motherboard. The IDE connector fits the flat ribbon cable connection. The SATA connector connects the red two wire SATA connector to the motherboard interface and the drive. There are often two or more SATA connectors on the motherboard to connect SATA drives separately.
Connect the flat IDE ribbon cable to the motherboard and plug a power connector into the IDE device or devices. If using an IDE hard drive as the boot drive, plug the power connector into the far end of the IDE cable. Connect IDE hard drives or IDE CD or DVD drives to the middle connector. Set the jumpers on the back of the hard drive or drives depending on its function. If it's the boot drive, set the jumper to the primary setting. If it's secondary, set it to the secondary setting. If it's a combination of hard drive and a CD/DVD drive, set the jumper to "Cable Select."
Connect the red SATA cable to the back of the SATA drive from the connector on the motherboard. Plug in a power lead. If you plan to make the SATA drive the boot disk, set the drive as the primary boot from within the BIOS.
Close up the case and boot the computer, opening the BIOS menu. Follow your computer's instructions for opening the BIOS. Each computer BIOS uses different commands to set the settings. Find the SATA drive and set it as the first hard drive to read. Continue booting the computer and check the directories to make sure all drives are being read by the computer.
Dual SATA/IDE Motherboards
Unplug the computer and open the case. Depending on the type of controller, IDE or SATA on the motherboard, install a SATA or IDE controller card in an empty PCI card slot on the motherboard. Mount the IDE and SATA devices in the drive racks inside the case.
Connect the IDE data cable, the flat ribbon cable, to the IDE connection on its controller card or motherboard. Connect the SATA data cable, the red two wire cable, to the SATA connection on the controller card or motherboard where it's located.
Plug the data cable into the IDE drive or drives and plug in a power lead. Connect and IDE used as the boot drive to the end of the ribbon cable. Set the jumpers on the back of IDE hard drives. If the drive is to be the boot drive, set the jumper to "Master." If it's a secondary drive, set the jumper to "Slave." If there are optical drives on the IDE cable with an IDE drive, set the jumpers to "Cable-Select."
Connect the SATA drive or drives to power leads. The data wire connects directly from one of the SATA connectors to the drive. If the SATA drive is the boot drive, reboot the computer and open the BIOS. Follow the motherboard's manual and set the BIOS-set-up to read the SATA drive first. When you set the SATA drive as the boot drive, set the IDE hard drive jumpers to "Cable-Select."
Close up the computer case. Boot the computer the rest of the way, once you are finished setting the BIOS.
Single Controller Motherboard
Tips and warnings
- Most newer motherboards come equipped with data connections for 2 SATA drives and 4 IDE devices. Some come with even more.
- As you add more devices, you may have to upgrade your power-supply. If you don't have a strong enough power-supply, your computer may begin to have odd or difficult to identify problems.
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