SATA and IDE HDs together

By mlathangue ·

can I add a SATA HD(250G) to an IDE HD(160G) and get one drive with a total space of 410G?

If so how?

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Windows Dynamic Disk and Spanned Volumes

by TechExec2 In reply to SATA and IDE HDs together

Assuming you are running Windows XP...

Yes. You can accomplish what you want by converting both disks to "Dynamic Disks" and creating a "spanned" volume. Be sure to note the caveats in this Knowledge Base article (1) !!

(1) How To Convert to Basic and Dynamic Disks in Windows XP Professional

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by gjohnson In reply to Windows Dynamic Disk and ...

Be aware that if you do this, if either of the drives fail, you may lose everything.

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Good point

by TechExec2 In reply to Warning

I did not comment on the pros and cons of spanning. I just explained how.

The additional risk of spanning is:

When you use spanning, you INCREASE the likelihood that you will lose data due to a drive failure. Now, when EITHER drive fails, the data on BOTH drives will be lost. You can offset this increased risk by using RAID instead of spanning. But, you'll have to use more than just 2 physical drives to do it.

The advice is still the same, however. Make regular backups and you will not lose your data.

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Much easier way with other benefits

by MicRob In reply to Windows Dynamic Disk and ...

It is much easier to install the drive with its' own drive letter. Doing this will NOT increase your risk of drive failure. In fact I would recommend that you get the biggest size drive you can afford and move all of your files from your old drive to the new one. Then use the old drive to backup data as needed. You can also move your swap file to the drive that the OS is not on to improve performance.

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While the above answer is correct

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to SATA and IDE HDs together

There is one more step that you are going to have to take when you fit the SATA Drive and that will be to install the SATA Drivers so that the drive can be accessed.

Depending on the make of the system sometimes this isn't necessary and other times the drive will just fail to be seen until the correct drivers are installed for the SATA Controller.

When you got your system there should have been a M'Board Floppy with the SATA Drivers on it and they will also be on the M'Board CD. However if you brought an off the shelf system you'll most likely have to visit the makers web site with your Make & Model and the Serial Number to get the correct SATA Drivers for your system.

Once you have these installed you can then set about creating your Spanned drive.


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I bow in humility...Sensei

by TechExec2 In reply to While the above answer is ...
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Good. :^0 :^0 :^0

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to I bow in humility...Sense ...

Just remember this for the next time.

Col ]:)

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Before I proceed...

by mlathangue In reply to SATA and IDE HDs together

If i convert a basic disk to a dynamic disk will I loose all of the current stuff on the drive?

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Before you proceed...

by TechExec2 In reply to Before I proceed...

Before you proceed, you should make a backup of all of your data.

If the conversion to dynamic disk completes normally, you will not lose any data. But, if anything goes wrong, you could lose everything. This includes a software bug, hardware glitch, or power failure.

You should be making backups regularly. Whenever you do something like this, you should always have a current backup available.

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Thanks for the help, Awesome Stuff!

by mlathangue In reply to Before you proceed...

thanks a million guys, all this info really helps.

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