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January 3, 2013 5:48:16 PM

i run windows on my sata drive but is it possible if i add ide hard drive will it slow down my pc performance?

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a c 98 G Storage
January 3, 2013 6:21:31 PM

I assume you want to use an IDE drive to expand your storage capacity. It will be slower than a typical SATA drive, but won't slow down the overall system when not accessing the IDE drive. Both can be installed with no issues.
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a b G Storage
January 3, 2013 6:23:31 PM

If you are running a game or application from the drive, you can expect lower performance.
If you are just using the drive for long term file storage then you are fine with one caveat; Power Management will spin down the drive due to inactivity causing a short system lock-up the next time you go to access a file from the drive. You can avoid this by adjusting your power management settings in the Control Panel.
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January 3, 2013 7:10:17 PM

thanks both of you so i believe my pc performance will stay the way it is with or without ide hdd but thats not happening so :(  whenever i plug ide hdd it slows down my pc
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a c 98 G Storage
January 3, 2013 7:36:32 PM

What slows down? Are the IDE controller drivers loaded properly?
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January 4, 2013 7:05:02 AM

it slows down my pc overall and yeah i have checked the ide controller drivers they are fine and no conflict :( 
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a c 98 G Storage
January 4, 2013 1:24:26 PM

A slow down could be from a couple of things. It could be that your boot sequence has the IDE drive ahead of your SATA boot drive (you can adjust this in your BIOS). Also, in your BIOS, make sure your IDE drive has 32-bit transfer enabled.

In Windows, your antivirus could be scanning the new drive and Windows index function could be indexing files as well. Accessing the IDE drive will be slower than when accessing the SATA drive as previously mentioned, but for data only that should be fairly insignificant.

Did you install any applications on the IDE HDD after you installed it?
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January 4, 2013 6:30:49 PM

yes it had old data anyway ill see through it but its a misconception when people say that adding ide drive will slow down the overall performance of pc?
and second thing installing games on ide will it have any effect than on sata?i mean games will run better on sata drive or will it be same?
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January 4, 2013 6:31:44 PM

Best answer selected by baseer786.
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a c 98 G Storage
January 4, 2013 6:39:48 PM

baseer786 said:
yes it had old data anyway ill see through it but its a misconception when people say that adding ide drive will slow down the overall performance of pc?
and second thing installing games on ide will it have any effect than on sata?i mean games will run better on sata drive or will it be same?

Yes, installing apps on the IDE drive will slow things down overall. The issue is in accessing the slower device.

That is why I would recommend you only store files on the IDE HDD and install apps on the faster SATA drive(s).
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January 4, 2013 6:41:52 PM

what about storing and playing game on ide rather than sata?
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a c 98 G Storage
January 4, 2013 8:15:14 PM

If you install any application (including a game) to the IDE HDD, it will be slower than accessing the same game if it was installed on the SATA HDD.

If you are just saving games to the IDE HDD, impact should be minimal.

What matters is where the program files are installed.
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January 5, 2013 6:51:19 AM

okay so the game will load slower but the frames rate etc will be the exactly same as sata drive will give?
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a c 98 G Storage
January 5, 2013 12:17:15 PM

Once the game is loaded into memory and running, frame rates should be the same as long as you aren't accessing the slower IDE drive for additional files.
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