Serial and Parallel hard drives

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  1. Jassen M. West

    Jassen M. West Supporting Actor

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    Is it possible to run one serial hard drive and one parallel hard drive at the same time in the same computer? I know adapters exist to change parallel hard drives to serial drives I just want to know if it's possible.

    thanks
     
  2. Tekara

    Tekara Supporting Actor

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    It really depends on the motherboard.

    But I would easily say that you can.
     
  3. Patrick Sun

    Patrick Sun Moderator
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    Yes. I have my main HD (a SATA HD) on an onboard SATA controller, and my 2 PATA drives on the more conventional onboard ATA IDE controller running in dynamic RAID 0 mode (via XP's software RAID capability) since my new motherboard offers both SATA/PATA controller features.

    Now you do have to pay attention to BIOS settings and tell the BIOS which hard drive you want to boot from out of all the choices connected to the motherboard.

    But if you have an older motherboard, you can buy SATA controller cards that allow you to add SATA HD to your PC system, running in concert with your older PATA HDs.
     
  4. Chris

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    Using the P4P800 Asus board right now for my wife, she's configured with:

    3 160G PATA
    2 120G SATA

    Drives.

    Boots from SATA. No problems at all.
     

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