I recently bought a new computer, as the motherboard and/or processor on my old one got fried (don’t get me started, but suffice it to say, it’s gotta be my fault :mad: ). The upside to breaking my own computer is that I didn’t lose any data; the hard drive was unaffected. So, naturally, I put it in my new computer. I had to buy a new IDE cable (it looks something like this), so I could hook my CD/RW and my old hard drive to the same IDE port. My new computer has a motherboard with four [or more, I don’t recall the exact number]… I’m not sure what they are, but I think they’re called SATA ports. I think this is a pretty good picture of what I’ve got on my new hard drive. From my limited research, it appears that SATA is sort of like IDE except the cable is smaller, the slot on the motherboard is smaller, and you don’t have master/slave stuff anymore.
So I add my old hard drive, and everything’s fine. Except… it’s kinda screwy. When I go into my BIOS, I see that my SATA-0 is set to my 80 GB Western Digital drive (that’s my new one), PATA-0 corresponds to my CD-RW drive (and it’s labelled as PRI IDE Master), and PATA-1 corresponds to my 60 GB Western Digital drive (that’s my old one). Oh, and the BIOS says that the 60 GB drive is “Off.” But when I enter Windows, I can still read from it and write to it – except it goes very slow. If I want to, say, copy a 700 MB file from my old HD (D: ) to my new HD (C: ), it takes almost 10 minutes. That’s, like, CD speed.
So I turn to you gurus to help me out. It appears that I have a few options, and I wanted some advice before stumbling blindly (that’s what screwed up my old PC). It seems to me that I could:
(a) Try messing with the jumpers to get my CD-RW to be the slave and my old HD to be the master;
(b) Move my new HD to, say, SATA-2, just to make sure that there’s no conflicts there (although I have no idea if what I just typed makes any sense);
(c) Buy some sort of dongle like this to put on the back of my old HD, so I can just plug it into a free SATA port;
(d) Or buy two of the dongles in (c), so I can plug my new HD into one free SATA port, my old HD into a second free SATA port, and my CD-RW into a third free SATA port (I have four, IIRC).
So, what would you guys advise? Oh, I should add that my goal is to have C: as my HD with all the programs and D: as my HD for data storage, in case that’s relevant.
Thanks in advance!