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January 3, 2011 3:03:53 PM


I want to retrieve alot of music from an old IDE drive that I was using before and transfer it to my new 1TB SATA2 drive. The drive was previously slave to another IDE therefore not having an OS installed on it. I've never done IDE before so what must I do to set an IDE HDD up alongside a SATA2 one?

Thank you,

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a c 316 G Storage
January 3, 2011 3:22:10 PM

The good news is that the fact that it had no OS is irrelevant. If you have an IDE controller on your current motherboard, the solution should be (as long as the disk isn't corrupted) as simple as attaching the drive to power and the IDE controller.

If your motherboard does not have an IDE controller, you can go from the fast and complicated, such as installing an IDE controller, to the trivial and mildly pricey. For example, buy an external IDE-to-USB dock or connector:

What motherboard / system do you have (or is this a notebook)? We can look up whether or not it has an IDE connector in the online specs.

In any of the above cases, once the disk is attached and the power applied you should see the drive in My Computer. If you don't, then this is a topic for a longer reply on the use of the disk management.
January 3, 2011 6:16:46 PM

Biostar TA770E
The SATA drive I'm using is a Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C (1TB)

Thank you for the help.
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a c 316 G Storage
January 3, 2011 6:36:39 PM

Good news: The Biostar TA770E has an IDE controller:
# 6 x SATA2 3Gb/s Connector
# 1 x IDE Connector
# Support SATA RAID: 0,1,10

So you turn off the power, then plug an IDE cable, available in your motherboard's box or any antique store, into the IDE slot (go here for info on your MOBO: and into your drive, and add a power connector. Off the top of my head, you won't even have to re-jumper the drive as Master. You should see the drive when you power back up.

There's a tab for downloading the manual on the page I linked above. Page 4 (that is , the page numbered 4, which is page 6) has the layout and shows the IDE connector next to the power connector.

The IDE cable is a ribbon cable with one connector on one end and two near each other at the other end. It will probably be flat like this:
and is unlikely to be round like this:

Best case, it will be assigned a disk letter when you boot up. Copy the files to the new drive, shut down, remove the old drive, and store it somewhere. Then backup your system to some sort of external drive or media so that you can't lose everything.
January 3, 2011 7:24:45 PM

Thank you
a b G Storage
January 3, 2011 7:42:00 PM

The drive was previously slave to another IDE therefore not having an OS installed on it.

If true, you'll need to set the jumper to master. Also realize that some boards try to boot from the IDE drive when it detects one. Once the drive is added, go into your bios and make sure it will boot from the SATA drive.