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SATA Drives

jono
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Registered: 24-01-2008

SATA Drives

Hi, I fitted a new hard drive the other day as a back up drive and to run my Documents from, I've always done this but never with SATA drives, I fitted the cable to the next one down from the drive already fitted on the Motherboard, It has 4 connectors on the motherboard. I have read in the specs supplied through using my Hardware diagnostics software that both are Master, where as all the other drives I've used were IDE and had to have master and Slave.
Not being up with SATA drives could someone advise is this right, i have a feeling it is right but thought I would ask for future reference.
regards
jono
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Registered: 30-07-2007

Re: SATA Drives

SATA has no concept of master/slave as each drive has its own data connector. By 4 connectors do you mean 4 SATA connectors or 2 SATA and 2 IDE?
The reason IDE needed a master/slave indicator is each ribbon cable had up to 2 drives connected so it needed a way to identify them separately i.e. Master & slave.
jono
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Re: SATA Drives

Hi, I've checked and it states 4 SATA connector's, they have different colours and labeled Sata 1 sata2 on so on.
regards and thanks for the info
jono
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Re: SATA Drives

If it work ok then you are fine some SATA controllers have different colors as some are for RAID