P4P800 Deluxe - Can I add SATA drives as extra drives in a previously PATA setup

Discussion in 'Asus' started by Bob Rafuse, Aug 23, 2004.

  1. Bob Rafuse

    Bob Rafuse Guest

    Asus P4P800 Deluxe
    Win XP Pro SP1

    New to S-ATA drives, so pardon if this is a stupid question.

    I have an Asus P4P800 Deluxe with the IDE configuration set to P-ATA
    only. My Primary IDE channel, which shows up as 'Third Master' on
    boot screen during power-up, contains two IDE HDs, my boot disc and a
    data disc. My Secondary IDE channel ('Third slave') has a DVD+/-RW
    and a IDE ZIP drive.

    I am looking at adding another large data drive and was wondering:

    Can I buy a S-ATA drive, change the BIOS IDE Configuration to
    P-ATA/S-ATA and have the S-ATA drive simply appear as an E: drive in
    Windows XP? Or will the mobo expect to boot off the S-ATA since its
    listed as 'First Master' on the boot screen?

    Bob Rafuse, Aug 23, 2004
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  2. Bob Rafuse

    end user Guest

    My bios is set to "Sata" and "enhanced" configuration. Installed a
    160 gig WD as third master. The system did a small hickup on the 160
    gig although I had XPpro Sp1 (more than the 137 barrier). I
    partitioned the drive as it was my original intention and everything
    is running smooth.

    I cloned over the main partition to the sata drive and configured bios
    to boot off the new sata drive no problem.

    You will note that a sata drive has lower transfer speeds than a
    regular IDE drive due to the onboard pata to sata bridge. In my case
    normal transfer speeds for a WD 7200rpm with 8 mg cache is 46 mb/s
    while for the sata drive (still with 7200 rpm & 8 mg cache) it is only
    34 mb/s.

    The sata drive is no longer my boot drive but it makes a good storage

    end user, Aug 23, 2004
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    Bob Rafuse, Aug 24, 2004
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