Making a new computer and I need some help with hard drives Tags: Hard Drives Computer Storage Product Last response: July 5, 2011 6:23 AM in Storage Share koss25 July 3, 2011 10:20:41 PM Making a new computer and I need some help with hard drives I would like to have one sata hard drive for business and one for everyday use both in the same computer going back and forth between the two of them how would I go abut doing this ? Can I just turn one off one on in the bios with them both set to master or do I need to unplug / plug them in to the motherboard every time ? If the later is how what would I need to do this on sata plugs hard drives can I get a extension cable’s that will let me do the out side the case ? will it degrade the drives/motherboard plugs or the extension cable’s more over time ? Will I have to have get two cd key’s for windows 7 or can I just do it on one ? Doing this to keep from getting virus’s on the hard drive/os i use for business/paying bills vs. the one everyone in the family use’s for internet and gameing. More about : making computer hard drives geofelt a c 172 G Storage July 4, 2011 12:15:09 AM 1) With sata, there is no more master/slave. It is all point to point. 2) In the bios, you can identify which of the two drives you want to boot from. But, since both drives will be active and known to Windows, your virus protection separation will not work. 3) There are sata cable switches. But, They may not do exactly what you want. 4) If you can tolerate the slow speeds, you could plug the drives into a usb 3.0 port and boot from there. 5) Another alternative is to use a pair of mobile racks. Like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... It will have a power switch so you can turn off the drive you don't want to use. Even remove it. 6) Mechanically plugging/unplugging the sata cables is not a great idea. 7) Only one windows key is needed on a dual boot system. 8) Perhaps the easiest approach is to select the desired boot drive from the bios, and have that windows disable the other drive with a startup command. 9) Thinking more about it, build a second pc for business. m 0 l koss25 July 5, 2011 6:23:54 AM Thank you for the help looks like i just need to make a second computer. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources New PC, Two Hard Drives, need help making one the default Forum Help with making new computer from used hard drive Forum SolvedI need to buy a new computer but I also need to take 2 hard drives out of the old one Forum SolvedNeed Help Making/Finding A New Computer Forum SolvedNeed help making sure new graphics card will work with computer. Forum SolvedLooking to get a new Gaming computer and need help making a smart choice that will last. Forum SolvedNeed feedback - dead laptop - using Hard Disk Drive on new computer Forum SolvedI Need Help Making a New Gaming Computer Forum SolvedIam making a New computer , I need ur help Forum SolvedUsing 2 Hard Drives for 1 Computer. Need Help Forum SolvedNeed Help finding new hard drive Forum SolvedNew Hard-drive making some sort of "grinding" noise? Forum SolvedNew Hard Drive causing games to lag? (NEED HELP) Forum Solvedhelp, raw hard drive new computer build errors Forum Solvedhave add 2 hard drives to my new computer but they do not appear in windows explorer or any other place that would allow me to Forum SolvedExternal Hard Drive Making Computer Frozen Forum headset making crackling sound after installing new hard drives Forum SolvedBuying new hard drive cannot decide Need Help Please! Forum SolvedNEED ASSISTANCE: Hard drive 2tb black internal making toooooo much noise while operation ! Too much Forum Need Help!! No hard drives detected after new video card Forum More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !