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How do I set jumpers on an SATA drive that is connected via an IDE converter? 

by on May 13, 2013

Q: this question has to do with dvd burners. IDE’s have jumpers such as master, slave or line select while a Sata burner does not, If an adapter is placed on an IDE to convert to Sata, where is the IDE jumper on the converted unit placed, Master, slave or line select? or is it not placed on any


Can I setup a raid array on a system that runs Windows XP and has IDE hard drives? 

by on August 28, 2012

Q: how do you set up a raid array on a system that has XP installed already on a IDE harddrive?


Can I replace an IDE CD-RW drive with an SATA CD-RW drive? 

by on November 2, 2010

Q: I need to replace my CD-RW drive. I have an IDE now, can I use SATA?


Do I need to set the jumpers on an IDE drive if I am using an IDE to SATA converter? 

by on January 25, 2010

Q: when using an IDE to SATA adapter to connect IDE devices to a motherboard, is it necessary to set master and slave jumpers?


SATA vs IDE for DVD burning 

by on August 30, 2009

Q: Should I use SATA drives or IDE drives if I want the best DVD burning performance?

A: IDE is the older technology that allows 2 disks per channel but it means that one drive is a master and one drive is a slave. Both the drives have to compete to pass their data on the channel. So if you wanted to burning in this setup the best way to do it is to have the hard drive you will be burning from on one channel as the master and the DVD burner on another channel as the master. This will make sure the data can get where it needs to go. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is it better to use IDE or SATA for buning DVDs? 

by on August 8, 2009

Q: I have Windows XP home running with a rock 775vm800 mother board, Pentium 4 processor, 80 GB hard drive with 1.5 GB ram. I want to add a DVD burner to the board. Is it best to go IDEĀ or SATA. The board will support up to 4 IDEĀ devices or 2 SATA. Which is the best setup for burning DVDs?

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How come I cannot boot from my new hard drive that is a mirror of my old hard drive? 

by on June 4, 2009

Q: I’m trying to ‘upgrade’ my primary ‘boot’ hard drive from an 80gig ide to a 500gig sata. I was able to use the Seagate discwizard software to replicate my 80gig onto the 500gig sata, but cannot now get my computer to recognise and or boot up using the new drive?

I have an asus K8N-E Deluxe MB, WinXP service pk2.

The MB has 6 sata cable slots -4 marked as raid- the bios has 3 ‘switches’ in “onboard devices” which may need changed 1-Silicon Image Mode 2-int. Sata-Ide interface and 3-Raid option Rom. Plus there is the boot device priority and sequence section- but I cannot get the sata drive to show up here?