Mixing IDE & SATA on a 7025

Discussion in 'MSI' started by James Colbert, Jul 20, 2007.

  1. I have an NEO2 plat (bios 1.B) that has an IDE boot drive. Can use a SATA
    drive (500GB as a secondary without issue? Would I need to place it on the
    SAT2 connector to avoid boot issues? Any information and/or warnings

    James Colbert, Jul 20, 2007
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  2. James Colbert

    Horst Franke Guest

    Hi James. I understand IDE and SATA Boot devices as separate things.
    These can be controlled via BIOS Setup.
    I don't see a reason to put it on a Sat2 connector.
    Please check Your MB description for more details.
    May be NEO2 is reflected by MSI? Otherwise check for other brand.
    Horst Franke, Aug 12, 2007
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  3. James Colbert

    student Guest

    Using the SATA drive as a secondary drive is "easy"; it is the other
    way around that is more messy; i.e. IDE as 1st drive & SATA as 2nd drive.

    I updated my mb to the p6n & put in a 500 g SATA2 with the old IDE
    remaining; I wanted the SATA2 to be the 1st drive & the IDE as 2nd.
    Won't go as the IDE remains to be seen as the 1st drive & the IDE
    as the 2nd. This is the way both winxp & linux & partition magic
    & partition commander see the drives.

    I was able to load winxp onto the SATA as C: only by messing with the
    IDE partition table (i.e. partition size changing). So now winxp is
    on SATA while linux is on IDE; BUT it does look like all partition
    managers see the IDE as the 1st drive & the SATA2 as the 2nd drive.
    I just used the bios setting to boot from the SAT@ drive; the added
    chore is when flashing the bios booting is non-existant & I have to
    change the bios for MY boot sequence (a bit of panic the 1st time!).

    You still need to place your SATA on the SAT2 connector & leave the
    IDE as is.
    student, Aug 12, 2007
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