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20-07-2009, 08:27 AM
Can a system support SATA & IDE both at the same time?

I have three IDE HDDs plus a DVD at present. Obviously I cannot increase the disks short of getting a larger IDE and replacing a perfectly good smaller HDD.

I could go external but if I've got provision for SATA why not use it?

20-07-2009, 08:45 AM
SATA and IDE can coexist. I have two SATA HDs and one IDE. The DVD drive is IDE too.

20-07-2009, 01:29 PM
Answer is yes.

Most newer boards only have one IDE port these days:(

20-07-2009, 05:03 PM
Yes they can. I have a SATA hard drive and an IDE DVD drive, with an IDE hard drive running off SATA as the DVD drive didn't like it being on the same channel (the only channel).

20-07-2009, 05:54 PM
Whatever connectors your motherboard has, you can usually use all of them at once - this applies for just about any kind of connector.

There are some exceptions, for example:

1) some boards the IrDA and COM2 ports cannot be used at the same time
2) some boards there is a PCI/ISA or PCI/CNR/AMR slots sharing the same mounting space on the case, so only one slot can physically be used at once
3) some boards with eSATA use the same connection that some internal headers are connected to, so the eSATA connector can only be used when the corresponding SATA connector is free
4) some integrated video cards may have VGA and DVI connectors but only one can be used at once