Connecting a second SATA drive

Ged

Active Member
I have a newish but small (60GB) HDD PC. I would like to open it up, add a larger drive and clone it using the Acronis software I have. I had managed to do this on the previous PC but it still miss behaved so I binned it!
The new machine is an Emachine and has a SATA drive, will this proposal work? I am unsure as to whether I will need more cables and do I need to set one as master and one as slave etc?
As mentioned, I have done it before but not on a SATA drive.
Regards.
 

sbowler

Well-known Member
It should be easier shouldnt it? I dont believe you have master and slave with SATA. I could be wrong though, if you have done it before it should be the same principles.
 

edisias

Standard Member
Never used Acronis software, I use ghost instead, but the principle shoud be the same ( boot from a boot disk etc) . You will need a second SATA cabe, may get this with the HDD and there is no master slave settings.

Good luck!
 

Uridium

Well-known Member
Most HDU manafacturers also have free utilities you can download from their websites that allow you to copy your OS across from your old HDU to the new HDU.


Maxtor for example have a program called Maxblast
WD have a program called data lifeguard

Most will do the clone from within Windows so no need to create boot floppy and boot from floppy/DOS etc..

Use the one made by the manafacturer of your new HDU NOT the old HDU
 

Stiggy

Distinguished Member
Ged said:
Sorry, forgot to mention the old PC had IDE? drives.
Your DVD drive will still be IDE on the new PC, so you should be able to disconnect that and attach your old hard disk.

Are you sure you want to clone it? I'd be more inclined to move the data onto the new SATA disk just using Windows Explorer.
 

Ged

Active Member
Thanks for all the advice. I managed to sort it out yesterday.
The motherboard has 4 SATA sockets, 1 used by the origional 80GB drive.
I popped the second one in, went to format it and it became a 2GB drive?
Ran the Acronis software which added it and correctly formated it to the proper size, whilst adding a partition (I didn't know whether to uncheck the box or not.)
After a reboot, I went back into Acronis and did a clone. It did it, removed the old drive and all is well. Still have a bootable 80GB drive should it fail.

The drive is of the same brand yet is virtually silent, is this because the old one was begining to wear out?

Thanks again.
 

tinners

Novice Member
Ged said:
The drive is of the same brand yet is virtually silent, is this because the old one was begining to wear out?

Thanks again.
Not sure but it could just have better acoustic management
You can enable it using the Hitachi tool on the Wikipedia Page above.
 

tinners

Novice Member
The tool worked OK on my Western Digital drive. I should try it (you need to create a boot disk) and see if it works.
 

Ged

Active Member
Thanks Tinners, it is virtually silent anyway, so I will leave it. I just wondered about the smaller, 6 month drive being quite "clicky".
 

tinners

Novice Member
ah that's a different kind of noise. Clicky is not good. Check it out with a utility like Westen Digital Lifeguard to see if its OK or not.
 

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