IDE Drive for SATA HP Pavilion

By tnichols ·
Have a brand new (in box) 120GB Seagate Ultra ATA/100. Any advice/caveats as to installing this in a 2 year old HP Pavilion a1100y with a slow 40 GB SATA. Due to the increased speed of the Seagate IDE I am considering using it for the Windows XP OS and the original 40GB drive as backup and file storage.

The a1100y has an IDE plug on the motherboard for the CD ROM and the cable has master slave plugs.

Link to Motherboard specs http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00499325&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&product=1118244

Is this advisable or should I use the Seagate IDE as backup and leave the OS on the original HD.

Just looking for a little more speed in bootup and overall performance.

Thanks in advance.

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When you fit the IDE Drive

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to IDE Drive for SATA HP Pav ...

It should become the default drive that your hardware looks to for the Boot Up Files. If you are running Windows or any other OS for that matter and you install an IDE Drive you should get an error message that you have no Boot Drive. As the hardware will look at the IDE Drive once it is formatted and see no files pointing to the HDD where the boot files are.

So in a case like this it would be better to clone your SATA Drive to the IDE Drive and work from that and delete the SATA Drive and use it for a Backup Drive.

If you don't have any Cloning utilities you can use Ghost off the Hiren's Boot CD available for download here


But if there are any problems with the Windows Install you may want to do a clean install with the Recovery Disc that came with the computer.


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Thank you

by tnichols In reply to When you fit the IDE Driv ...

Your help and advice are appreciated

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