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March 13, 2005 11:34:44 PM

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I'm new to the SATA hard drives, and was wondering if I can add the SATA
drive to the computer while keeping the existing UATA drive(s).
I actually have 2 uata drives now, but I would like to add a 3rd by using
the SATA cable.

Can this be done? Or do I have to take out one of the uata drives?

Also, any special instructions on using SATA drives because this is the
first one I've used.

thanks
Gary
March 14, 2005 12:50:37 AM

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In article <FoydnfWLY8ikZanfRVn-iA@eatel.net>, "GLeger"
<legend96@NSPMeatel.net> wrote:

> I'm new to the SATA hard drives, and was wondering if I can add the SATA
> drive to the computer while keeping the existing UATA drive(s).
> I actually have 2 uata drives now, but I would like to add a 3rd by using
> the SATA cable.
>
> Can this be done? Or do I have to take out one of the uata drives?
>
> Also, any special instructions on using SATA drives because this is the
> first one I've used.
>
> thanks
> Gary

It depends on the OS. Win2K and WinXP support six drives off the
Southbridge. If you are using Win98SE, the answer is only four of
six drives can be used.

Think of the two SATA interfaces, as being equal to one IDE cable
with a master and a slave on it. When you are in Win98SE, you can
use any two of three "IDE cables" worth of drives. This is due to
the clever emulation trick that Intel is using. When the BIOS is set
to "Compatible" mode for the Southbridge, the SATA drives are made to
look like an I/O mapped IDE cable. There are only standard IRQs for
two IDE cables, and thus the two "cable" limit in Win98SE.

If you select "Enhanced" mode in the BIOS, that is suitable for
Win2K and WinXP. I think that is the default BIOS setting. That
allows all three IDE "cables worth" of drives, to be used at the
same time. In this case, the Southbridge maps the drives to the
PCI bus, instead of the traditional I/O space.

This is all explained in yout manual, usually in two different
sections of the manual.

There is some boring reference material here:
http://www.intel.com/design/chipsets/manuals/25267102.p...

Paul
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
March 14, 2005 12:50:38 AM

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"Paul" <nospam@needed.com> wrote in message
news:nospam-1303052150370001@192.168.1.178...
> In article <FoydnfWLY8ikZanfRVn-iA@eatel.net>, "GLeger"
> <legend96@NSPMeatel.net> wrote:
>
>> I'm new to the SATA hard drives, and was wondering if I can add the SATA
>> drive to the computer while keeping the existing UATA drive(s).
>> I actually have 2 uata drives now, but I would like to add a 3rd by using
>> the SATA cable.
>>
>> Can this be done? Or do I have to take out one of the uata drives?
>>
>> Also, any special instructions on using SATA drives because this is the
>> first one I've used.
>>
>> thanks
>> Gary
>
> It depends on the OS. Win2K and WinXP support six drives off the
> Southbridge. If you are using Win98SE, the answer is only four of
> six drives can be used.
>
> Think of the two SATA interfaces, as being equal to one IDE cable
> with a master and a slave on it. When you are in Win98SE, you can
> use any two of three "IDE cables" worth of drives. This is due to
> the clever emulation trick that Intel is using. When the BIOS is set
> to "Compatible" mode for the Southbridge, the SATA drives are made to
> look like an I/O mapped IDE cable. There are only standard IRQs for
> two IDE cables, and thus the two "cable" limit in Win98SE.
>
> If you select "Enhanced" mode in the BIOS, that is suitable for
> Win2K and WinXP. I think that is the default BIOS setting. That
> allows all three IDE "cables worth" of drives, to be used at the
> same time. In this case, the Southbridge maps the drives to the
> PCI bus, instead of the traditional I/O space.
>
> This is all explained in yout manual, usually in two different
> sections of the manual.
>
> There is some boring reference material here:
> http://www.intel.com/design/chipsets/manuals/25267102.p...
>
> Paul



Thanks for the reply Paul!

I will be adding the SATA drive, and will put WinXP on it, and use the
existing drives as just extra space.
I think that I will need to add some drivers! I'm saying this because I've
had this motherboard for a while, and when
it's booting, I remember seeing something about sata drivers missing, but
never paid it any attention because
I knew that I didn't have any SATA drives connected. I would imagine this
file is on the drivers disc that came
with the mobo?

Oh well, I hope it works out.

thanks
Gary
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
March 14, 2005 9:18:08 AM

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>>> I'm new to the SATA hard drives, and was wondering if I can add the SATA
>>> drive to the computer while keeping the existing UATA drive(s).
>>> I actually have 2 uata drives now, but I would like to add a 3rd by
>>> using
>>> the SATA cable.
> I will be adding the SATA drive, and will put WinXP on it, and use the
> existing drives as just extra space.
> I think that I will need to add some drivers! I'm saying this because
> I've had this motherboard for a while, and when
> it's booting, I remember seeing something about sata drivers missing, but
> never paid it any attention because
> I knew that I didn't have any SATA drives connected. I would imagine this
> file is on the drivers disc that came
> with the mobo?

Yes, you may to copy the SATA drivers off your motherboard
CD. Press the F6 key during the Windows XP install process
and then the 'S' key to install the driver. Also, it's recommended
to remove your other hard drives so you don't accidentally
delete something, etc. You can re-connect once everything
is working and installed on the SATA drive.


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