Hard drive detection help

Hello all,
I will be building my first self build computer tomorrow and I was ondering if the system, with a fresh install of xp will detect my old wd hard drive, ide/ata.


It wont be my primary drive, but it is on this computer im using now.
I want to have it as a secondary drive because of everything i have on it .
I may transfer the contents at a later time, onto a 40g partition, but that would still entail getting my new system to recognize this old drive.
my system build:

AMD Phenom II X2 550 CPU
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD322HJ 320GB 7200 RPM SATA HDD
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98

Thanx in advance for any and all reponses.
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  1. Uh, why wouldn't it? As long as the mobo has a PATA plug you're golden. Most motherboards still have one mainly for optical drives (which is what I use mine for) that people still have and there's no good reason to upgrade that as long as it still functions as used.
  2. thanx dmitry,
    Ive not been able to find a driver for it and wasnt sure if xp needed one.
    I'll still have to change the jumper wont i, as this is the boot drive in my current dell puter.
  3. Best answer
    There are no drivers needed for PATA drives. XP only needs SATA drivers. Win7 needs neither. You could always network them together.

    Also if it's the master and only thing on the PATA then it doesn't matter. Just depends on configuration.
  4. cool, that helps ease my mind.
    Im planning on completing the build as above, getting the sytem up and stable, then add the wd drive to it.
    Thanx man.
  5. Best answer selected by jhandley.
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