Depending on your computer’s motherboard capabilities, you may be able to connect multiple hard drives using both SATA and IDE interfaces. Some motherboards offer controllers for both the IDE and the latest SATA interfaces. Background Photograph of
Computer hard drives generally use IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics) or SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) interfaces for connecting to PC motherboards (the main system). SATA is a faster interface and uses thinner, more easily managed cables.
Check your PC documentation to see if you have connections for both types of motherboard drive. Upon opening the computer case, you will be able to see the motherboard connections, which are usually labeled. The two types of hard drive connections are very different, with IDE having a long, thin rectangular shape to accommodate a wide cable, and SATA, a shorter pluglike rectangle. Each hard drive needs to have a power connection as well as the IDE or SATA connection.
After installing multiple drives, you will typically need to make changes to the BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) setup to determine which drive the computer will use to boot or boot. Since SATA drives are generally faster than IDE drives, they are recommended for use as the main (master) hard drive.
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